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Products > Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Silver Sheen'
 
Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Silver Sheen' - Silver Sheen Kohuhu
   
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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) A fast growing evergreen upright shrub that can grow upwards to 12-15 feet tall (with age to at least 20 ft) with small oval flat silver-green leaves held on thin reddish black branches the small leaves start uniformly round and elongate with age and the very dark reddish pruple male flowers are not often seen.

Plant in full coastal sun in cooler bay area garden or part shade elsewhere, with occasional watering. Tolerant of windy and near seaside conditionsA 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.

While this cultivar has notably more open habit and smaller leaves than the species, shearing can keep it dense and we have seen long lived plantings maintained as dense narrow formal hedge from 3 to 6 feet tall with regular tip-pruning. Has proven a problematic in full sun locations in hotter inland locations with summer heat and during the warm summer 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

Information about Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Silver Sheen' displayed on this page is based on our research about it conducted in our library and gathered from reliable online sources. We include observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well as how the crops have performed in containers in our own nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others about this plant when we feel it adds information and particularly welcome hearing from anyone who has any additional cultural recommendations that would aid others in growing it.