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The leaves of P. eugenioides produce a lemon scent when crushed.
Evergreen shrubs or trees grown for their attractive, glossy foliage.
|Plant Types:||Groundcover, Interior Plant, Perennial|
|Light:||Partial Shade to Full Sun|
|Height:||2 feet to 4 feet|
|Width:||3 feet to 6 feet|
|Zones:||9a to 10b|
|Bloom Seasons:||Early spring, Mid spring, Late spring|
|Special Features:||Attractive foliage, Not North American native|
|Fertilizer:||Miracle-Gro® Water Soluble All Purpose Plant Food|
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Sow seed as soon as ripe, or in a cold frame in the spring. Semi-ripe cuttings may be taken in summer.
Evergreen trees and shrubs. Pittosporums grows well anywhere from full sun to half shade. In sites with warm climates, tree species work well in a lawn and the shrubs make good hedges and borders.
Blooms bell-shaped flowers followed by brown or yellow, spherical capsules. The capsules of some species will split open to reveal often sticky seeds in colors such as red, black, and orange. Species with purple leaves will color the best if grown in full sun.
In containers, plant in mineral soil. Outdoors, grow in fertile, well-drained soil. Water moderately during the growing season, sparingly in winter.
Implement a balanced fertilizer on a monthly basis during the growing season.
Remove wayward or crossing shoots in winter or early spring. Hedges should be trimmed in spring or early to mid summer. Plants grown under glass may require extensive pruning.
Aphids, root knot nematode, scale insects, and mealybugs. Pittosporum is also susceptible to dieback, galls, cankers, and leaf spots.