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Pittosporum daphniphylloides - Daphne Pittosporum

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Pittosporaceae (Pittosporums)
Origin: China (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Pale Yellow
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: 10-16 feet
Width: 8-12 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 0-10 F
Pittosporum daphniphylloides (Daphne Pittosporum) - An attractive evergreen shrub or small tree that grows slowly to 12 to 15 feet tall with dark blue-green leathery 4 to 6 inch long elliptically shaped leaves. I has nicely fragrant light yellow flowers in rounded clusters that appear at the branch tips in late spring. Plant in full to part sun or light shade and irrigate occasionally to infrequently in coastal gardens and a bit more during the warmer months inland. This plant has proven hardy in our garden to temperatures below 20F, having weathered our historical Christmas 1990 freeze when temperatures dipped briefly down to 18F and others growing this plant in the Pacific Northwest and Southeastern US note it hardy to USDA Zone 7b (5-10F). It makes a dense shrub and in time can be limbed up into a small tree. Pittosporum daphniphylloides has two varieties with the one, var. adaphniphylloides ranging from northern Guizhou, southwestern Hubei, northwestern Hunan and the south and west of Sichuan providences in China and the other, var. daphniphylloides, coming from Taiwan, where it grows in valley forests, along ravines, slopes, cliffs in dry areas from 1,600 to 8,00 feet in elevation. We believe our plant to be the later, the nominate var. daphniphylloides from Taiwan. The name Pittosporum comes from the Greek words 'pitta' meaning 'pitch" and 'spora' meaning seed in reference to the sticky seed of many members of the genus and the specific epithet is a reference to the leaves being similar to those of plants in the genus Daphne. We first received this plant from Dylan Hannon, now the conservatory curator at the Huntington Botanic Garden, in 1987 and it has grown to be a very attractive small tree in our garden. It has never set any seed in our garden and our plants are grown from cuttings taken from our original plant.  The information on this page is based on our research that has been conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in the nursery, in the nursery's garden, and in other gardens where it has been observed. We also 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 daphniphylloides.