2-3 Litre Pot
- RHS Award of Garden Merit
- Position: Full sun, partial shade
- Soil: Moist, well drained
- Growth rate: Fast
- Flowering period: May – June
- Hardiness: H3
- Eventual height: 4 – 8m
- Eventual spread: 2.5 – 4m
Pittosporum Eugenoides Variegatum, commonly known as ‘Variegated Tarata’ and holder of the prestigious RHS Award of Garden Merit, is a stunning evergreen shrub that is prized for its striking variegated foliage. This plant is native to New Zealand and is a popular choice for gardens and landscapes due to its beauty and versatility.
The Pittosporum Eugenoides Variegatum can grow up to 8 metres tall and 4 metres wide, but can be pruned to maintain a smaller size. The foliage is variegated with creamy white margins, which contrast beautifully with the glossy green leaves. The plant also produces fragrant small pale yellow flowers in Spring, adding to its overall charm.
This shrub is easy to care for and can thrive in a range of growing conditions. It prefers well-draining soil that is slightly acidic and can tolerate both full sun and partial shade. It is also drought-tolerant once established, making it a great choice for low-maintenance landscapes.
Overall, this is a stunning and versatile plant that can add beauty and interest to any landscape. Whether you’re looking for a low-maintenance shrub or a striking focal point for your garden, the variegated lemonwood is an excellent choice.
How to care for your Pittosporum Eugenoides Variegatum
- Soil: This plant prefers well-draining soil that is slightly acidic. Amend heavy clay soil with organic matter to improve drainage.
- Watering: Water regularly during the first year to establish the roots. Afterwards, it is drought-tolerant and only needs occasional watering during prolonged dry spells.
- Sunlight: This shrub can tolerate both full sun and partial shade, but performs best in a location with partial shade.
- Fertilisation: Fertilise in Spring with a balanced, slow-release fertiliser to promote healthy growth and foliage.
- Pruning: Prune in late Winter or early Spring to shape the plant and remove any dead or damaged branches. You can also trim back leggy growth to encourage fuller growth.
- Mulching: Apply a layer of organic mulch around the base of the plant to retain moisture and suppress weeds. Do not place the mulch directly against the trunk as this can cause rot.
By following these simple care tips, you can ensure that your Pittosporum Eugenoides Variegatum thrives and adds beauty to your landscape for years to come. This stunning shrub is a low-maintenance and hardy choice for gardeners looking for a striking, evergreen addition to their garden or landscape.