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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 Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips would aid others in growing Pittosporum 'Silver Sheen'.