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Pittosporum 'Oakleaf' - Oakleaf Pittosporum

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Pittosporaceae (Pittosporums)
Origin: Garden Origin
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Yellow Green
Bloomtime: Spring
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Synonyms: [P. tobira 'Oakleaf']
Height: 6-8 feet
Width: 6-12 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Pittosporum 'Oakleaf' - A dense slow growing robust shrub to about 6 to 8 feet tall with thick lush dark green leaves that have an acuminate tip and undulating margins. In spring appear the fragrant greenish yellow flowers. Plant in full sun to shade and irrigate occasionally to regularly - as with most Pittosporum this plant is relatively drought tolerant in coastal California gardens once established but looks best with an occasional deep watering. Hardy to at least 15 F. Great for a screening plant or where dark foliage is needed in the garden. We received this plant in 2001 labeled as Pittosporum tobira 'Oakleaf' and while its leaves are elliptic like Pittosporum tobira, it has a distinct acuminate tip and undulating margins that are not revolute as in typical Pittosporum tobira. This great screening or barrier plant came to us from the "Grassman", John Greenlee, who had acquired it from Texas plantsman and author, Scott Ogden. Scott tells us that he first learned about Pittosporum 'Oakleaf' while he worked at Aldridge Nursery in Von Ormy, Texas and that he thought it of hybrid origin. The story he heard was that the late Richard Aldridge, Jr., the owner of Aldridge Nursery, had brought it to Texas from a California source in the 1960s. We were able to speak with Richard Aldridge's sons Mark and David, who now run Von Ormy Growers, and they thought their father may have received the plant from a grower in LaGrange, Texas. We would love to be able to trace it further back but time may have covered its tracks and this fantastic plant's origins may remain a mystery. For more information about the parent species see our listing of Pittosporum tobira The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and 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 that we have observed it in. We also will incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate 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 that might aid others in growing Pittosporum 'Oakleaf'.