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Pittosporum crassifolium 'Nana'

  • Common Name
    Karo Pittosporum
  • CA Native
    Non-native
  • Plant Type
    Shrub
  • Size
    3' x 3'
  • Flower Color
    Maroon
  • Bloom Time
    • Spring
  • Leaves
    Varying Shades of Green
  • Evergreen
    Evergreen
  • Deer Resistant
    Occasionally Damaged
  • Wildlife Value
    • Bees
  • Growth Rate
    Fast
  • Hardiness
    Hardy
  • Adverse Growth Factors
    None
  • Special Features
    • Fragrance
    • Low Maintenance
  • Water Use
    • Low
  • Soil pH
    6.5-7.5 (neutral)
  • Exposure
    • Full Sun
    • Partial Shade
    • Shade
  • Soil Type
    Not Particular
  • Drainage
    Good Drainage
  • Description and Cultural Plant Tips

    This Pittosporum hybrid is a dwarf, dense, mounding variety with multiple colors of green foliage. The small maroon flowers are very fragrant. It can be used as an accent plant, small hedge or in a shrub border.

    Plant slightly above soil grade. This plant will grow in most types of soil from sandy to clay. Water well after planting and apply mulch in a  2 -3 foot diameter circle. Plant in full sun in coastal Marin. Benefits from light afternoon shade in the hotter areas of Marin. Although fairly drought tolerant when established, it looks better with regular summer water. Fertilize in the spring with nitrogenous or complete fertilizer.

    Susceptible to aphids and scale insects. See the UC IPM for treatment options.

  • Master Gardener Comments
    N / A
  • Varietals

    P. crassifolium - up to 25' tall in 8 - 10 years

    P. crassifolium 'Variegatum' - has creamy white leaf margins