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Plant Guide

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
Varietals

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

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

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