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Products > Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Silver Sheen'
Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Silver Sheen' - Silver Sheen Kohuhu

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Pittosporaceae (Pittosporums)
Origin: New Zealand (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Purple
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: 12-16 feet
Width: 6-8 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Silver Sheen' (Silver Sheen Kohuhu) - An evergreen upright shrub that can grow upwards to 12-15 feet tall (with age to at least 20 ft) with small oval silver-green leaves held on thin black branches. This cultivar has notably more open habit and smaller leaves than the species. Plant in full coastal sun in cooler bay area garden or part shade elsewhere, with occasional watering. Seaside tolerant. The small leaves start uniformly round and elongate with age. A very showy and dramatic looking plant when the silver highlights in the leaves catch morning and afternoon light. This is further enhanced if a gentle breeze causes the branches to move, making the plant shimmer. Very fast growing. Can be maintained as a very nice looking formal hedge to 3 to 6 feet tall if tip-pruned regularly. Has proven a problematic in full sun locations in hotter inland locations with summer heat and during the warm sumnmer of 2015 and has even shown stress in coastal climates so we are currently recommending this shrub only be used in part sun locations, even in coastal Southern California gardens. For more information about this species, see our listing for Pittosporum tenuifolium This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any 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 'Silver Sheen'.