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The leaves of P. eugenioides produce a lemon scent when crushed.

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Japanese Mockorange   Wheeleri (Pittosporum tobira)

Wheeler's Dwarf Pittosporum

Evergreen shrubs or trees grown for their attractive, glossy foliage.

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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 Color: White
Bloom Seasons: Early spring, Mid spring, Late spring
Leaf Color: Green
Special Features: Attractive foliage, Not North American native
Shape: Rounded
Fertilizer: Miracle-Gro® Water Soluble All Purpose Plant Food
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Plant Care

Sow seed as soon as ripe, or in a cold frame in the spring. Semi-ripe cuttings may be taken in summer.

Plant Growth:

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.

Soil and Irrigation:

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.