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Pittosporum Tobira belongs to the Pittosporum family

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Pittosporum Tobira belongs to the Pittosporum family. It is a species of flowering plant.

Overview of Pittosporum Tobira

• The common names include:
– Japanese pittosporum
– Japanese mock-orange
– Japanese cheesewood
• It is native to:
– Japan
– China
– Korea
• Uses of Pittosporum Tobira:
– ornamental plant in landscaping
– cut foliage
• It is a shrub.
• It can grow up to a height of 10 m and is 3 m broad.
• The plant can also be trimmed into a hedge.
• The leaves are oval in shape.
• Their edges curl.
• They are up to a length of 10 cm.

Common pests include:
• Aphids
• Mites
• Leafhoppers
• The cotton cushiony scale
• Root-knot nematodes
• Pit-making pittosporum scale
• Pathogen Erythricium salmonicolor

• galls
• dieback disease (pink limb blight)

Scientific Classification of Pittosporum

• Kingdom : Plantae
• (unranked) : Angiosperms
• (unranked) : Eudicots
• (unranked) : Asterids
• Order : Apiales
• Family : Pittosporaceae
• Genus : Pittosporum
• Species : P. tobira
• Binomial name : Pittosporum tobira

Growing/Caring conditions

Cultivation particulars
• Succeeds for most well-drained soils.
• Needs fairly high quality in full sun or light shade.
• Achieves results in dry soils.
• Extremely resistant to maritime subjection.
• Established plants are drought tolerant.
• Hardy to roughly -10°c
• Succeeds outside on the coastline of S. England and in London.
• Plants might be approximately 10m tall in their indigenous habitat, however, seldom exceed 2m in Britain.
• There exist certain named forms, chosen for their decorative value.
• The blossoms are extremely fragrant with a fragrance comparable to orange blossom which enables you to pervade the air for a substantial distance.
• Extremely amenable to pruning, plants may be cut right back to old wood if needed.
• The species in this genus are extremely prone to hybridize with members of the genus.
• While developing a species from seed it is very important to make sure that the seed either originates from a known wild source, or perhaps from remote specimens in cultivation.
• Vegetation in this genus is particularly immune to honey fungus.

• Seed – sow while ripe in the autumn or perhaps in late winter in a comfortable greenhouse.
• The seed generally germinates readily.
• Prick away the seedlings into separate pots while they are large enough to cope with, shift the plants to a cold frame right after they are developed and grow out late in the next spring.
• Consider providing them certain protection from the cold throughout their first winter outside.
• Cuttings of half-ripe wood, five to seven centimeters with a heel can be taken in July/August.
• Basal ripe-wood cuttings should be taken in late autumn in a cold frame.

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