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Care of the plant Pittosporum x pourtetianum or Pourtet's Pittosporum.

Care of the shrub Pittosporum x pourtetianum or Pourtet's Pittosporum

The genus Pittosporum, family Pittosporaceae, comprises 200 species of trees and shrubs native to Oceania, Asia and Africa. Some species are: Pittosporum x pourtetianum, Pittosporum tenuifolium, Pittosporum truncatum, Pittosporum coriaceum, Pittosporum crassifolium, Pittosporum heterophyllum, Pittosporum angustifolium, Pittosporum tobira.

Common name: Pourtet's Pittosporum. It is a hybrid between the Pittosporum tobira and Pittosporum truncatum species.

They are highly branched evergreen shrubs that reach 3 meters (9.84 feet) in height. The alternate leaves are glossy dark green on the upper surface and light green on the underside; apex can be rounded or sharp. The white flowers appear in umbels. It blooms in spring and summer. The fruits are capsule-shaped and contain red seeds.

They are used to form hedges and screens against the wind, in bushy groups, as isolated specimens and in large pots for patios and terraces.

Pittosporum x pourtetianum grows in full sun and semi-shade exposures. They resist frosts down to -7 ºC (19.4 ºF).

The soil can be a normal garden soil but they also grow in sandy, poor or clay soils.

Water moderately, waiting until the substrate has completely dried; they resist drought very well.

Fertilize with compost or manure in the fall.

They can be lightly pruned in late winter.

They are plants resistant to the usual pests and diseases.

They are propagated from seeds sown in spring or autumn in a sandy seedbed and by cuttings in late summer. 

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Pittosporum x pourtetianum
Pittosporum x pourtetianum