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Products > Pittosporum tobira 'Variegata'
 
Pittosporum tobira 'Variegata' - Mock Orange
   
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Pittosporaceae (Pittosporums)
Origin: China (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Spring
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Height: 4-5 feet
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Pittosporum tobira 'Variegata' (Variegated Mock Orange) - A small to medium sized shrub that typically grows to 5 feet tall and as wide (old specimens known to reach 10 feet) with 2 to 5 " long spoon-shaped gray-green leaves with irregular white margins. The spring-blooming creamy-white flowers have the same fragrance as orange blossoms. Green berries that mature to brown with orange seeds follow the bloom. A very adaptable shrub that will tolerate sun or shade, seaside conditions, inland heat, alkaline soils and frost. Size and shape can be maintained easily by selective trimming but avoid shearing. This cultivar is slower and shorter growing than the Pittosporum tobira. Useful as a foundation plant or to lightens up dim areas in the garden. Foliage is useful in flower arrangements. This cultivar was awarded the prestigious Royal Horticulture Award of Garden Merit in 1993. We have grown this cultivar since 1980. For more information about the species see our listing of Pittosporum tobiraInformation displayed on this page about  Pittosporum tobira 'Variegata' is based on the research conducted about it in our library and from reliable online resources. We also note those observations we have made of this plant as it grows in the nursery's garden and in other gardens, as well how crops have performed in our nursery field. We will incorporate comments we receive from others, and welcome to hear from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.