Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Loxhill Gold'
Description: A fast growing plant with upright habit which is neat and compact. Dark evergreen leaves which have a yellow central variagation. Narrow undulating leaves make it slightly different to most Pittosporum. Scented flowers in late spring. Pittasporum always look fresh throughout the year and deserve a place in every garden. This plant originates from Treseders Nursery in Cormwall as a seedling from P. t. 'Silver Queen'.
Uses: Good in coastal locations also in borders and for sheltered patio planting. Also popular with florists as long lasting cut foliage
Climate/Position: Sun or light shade, good for coastal positions, prefers some shelter in coldest district but now seen to be hardier in UK than first thought.
Height/Spread: 1.5 metres x 1.5 metres.
Soil Requirements: All types of well drained fertile soil.
Pruning: Generally not required but will respond well to pruning. Can be used as a hedge which can be pruned April or July.
Special Requirements: Avoid cold North or East winds to avoid leaf scorch.
Additional Interest: Known by the Maori of its native New Zealand as kohuhu or kohukohu. Noted for evergreen foliage, usually black stems, late spring flowers which are honey scented especially in the evenings. Plants can be found with hermaphrodite ﬂowers, or separate male and female ﬂowers or with male or female ﬂowers only. Some cultivars are very similar and only readily distinguished by the sex of the ﬂower. The species grows wild in the coastal and lower mountain forests of both the North and South islands up to an altitude of 900m.
Many new cultivars now introduced. Also grown as a foliage plant for the floristry industry.