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Products > Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Marjorie Channon'
 
Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Marjorie Channon' - Variegated Kohuhu
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Pittosporaceae (Pittosporums)
Origin: New Zealand (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Red Brown
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Height: 8-12 feet
Width: 6-8 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Drought Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Marjorie Channon' (Variegated Kohuhu) - Slow growing compact shrub with rounded pyramidal habit to 8-12'+ feet tall. The dark (black) stems hold light green oval foliage that has rich cream colored margins. In early summer it bears 1/2 inch bell-shaped, honey-scented, black-red flowers. Plant in full sun to light shade and irrigate occasionally. Hardy to 15-20 F. A great variegated shrub. Useful as an individual shrub or hedge. Similar but slightly larger than cultivar 'Deborah'. The largest plant we have seen of this cultivar is in the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum; it is at least 12 feet tall and close to 8 feet wide. This plant is pictured on our website. The name Pittosporum comes from the Greek words 'pitta' meaning "pitch" and 'spora' meaning "seed" in reference to the sticky seeds of many members of the genus. The specific epithet tenuifolia is from the Latin words 'tenu' meaning "slender" and 'foli' meaning "leaves" in reference to the more slender leaves of this species.  This description is based on our research and the observations we have made of this plant as it grows in containers at our nursery, in our own garden and in other gardens. We also appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Pittosporum 'Marjorie Channon'.