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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
Summer Dry: 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 regularly to occasionally. Hardy to 15-20 F. A great variegated shrub that is useful as an individual specimen shrub or in a screen or hedge planting.

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Marjorie Channon' is similar but slightly larger than the cultivar sold as '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 is the plant is pictured on our website. This cultivar is sometimes listed with the spelling 'Marjory Channon' and this is the spelling used in a 2006 Royal Horticultural Society article titled Pittosporum tenuifolium Hybrids & Cultivars by Diana M Miller, the former superintendent of the RHS Herbarium at Wisley. We admit that this might be incorrect but continue to list it spelled "Marjorie" as this is how our customers are accustomed to seeing it and how we received it when we first started growing it in 2002. For more information about this species, see our listing for Pittosporum tenuifolium

This information about Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Marjorie Channon' displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.