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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 tobiraThe information about Pittosporum tobira 'Variegata' displayed on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources we consider reliable. We will also relate those observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments we receive from others and welcome hearing from anyone who has additional information, particularly when they share cultural information that would aid others in growing it.