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Pittosporum Irene Patterson — 29 Comments

  1. In Aberdeen these shrubs would often look sorry for themselves but would recover. I think its too early to be removing them, give them a chance before bing too rash.

  2. I have nine different pittosporums (some variegated) planted in various places in my garden for more than 5 years. They are large and well established but without exception are now looking very sad after what has been a fairly easy winter. I find it hard to work out the reason. I am unsure whether to to leave them to see if they recover or just to dig them up.

  3. It is annoying Janet, I have just planted a few Lilies in the position where tomb thumb was. We also used to think of moving to Cornwall, then two or three nice days here and we were happy. I guess there is nowhere like home.

  4. I was just starting to struggle with jealousy that your Tom Thumb had survived when mine hasn’t when I got to the end. So I can be truly sympathetic. I dug out the remnants of ours three days ago, and have planted various perennials in its place. Just not the same, but I refuse to try again and risk losing again. Maybe one day I will live somewhere that they thrive even in the harsher winters. Like Cornwall, perhaps… There again…

  5. Thanks Jordan, I live between Derby and Nottingham and I have lost 4 Pittosporum – 3 variagated and 1 Tom Thumb, but just down the road from me I have just noticed that a non-variagated one that has survived, think it might be Pittosporum Tobira.
    The temperatures here got down to -12 in December, and whilst the top 12″ of our soil is quite good but heavy, we are on a clay base. So think I might also try a Tobira

  6. Yes Jordan Pittosporum has been in our garden for a good few years now. Our Winter temp on the coast generally doesn’t go below minus 6c this past winter was exceptionally cold and I lost them all along with a few other evergreens which have survived for years. Thanks I will keep a look out for Tobira. Yes Kirengeshoma is one of my favourite perennials.

  7. I’m surprised to see that Pittosporum will survive in Aberdeen. Have you tried P tobira? Kirengeshoma palmata was an excellent suggestion for my post on Japanese plants. I’ve always thought that was an exceedingly lovely perennial. But I didn’t run across it as I was doing my research. I added it to the post. Thanks.

  8. I used to push the boundaries all of the time though with the expensive losses over the past 2 years I am hesitant now with my purchases of that “eye candy” after having 2 winters with -17 and -18 being recorded in the garden. Some of my diascia Blackthorn Apricot didn’t make it through this year and it has been growing in my garden for years. Last year even some of the pyracantha’s didn’t make it.

  9. Hi Rosie, don’t you find that we are so often tempted to try those plants which can be borderline. However if your Winter temperature has prolonged spells of minus 12c its not likely to survive.

  10. As I read your post I kept thinking that one of those would never cope with my garden temperatures. Sorry to hear that yours didn’t make it over the winter as they are beautiful foliage plants and especially useful for floral art arrangements.

  11. Alistair, My name stands for Born-Again-Gardener, due to my renewed interest. It was going to be the name of my blog, but I wasn’t the first person to have this idea, so I just kept the initials.
    I haven’t discovered religion yet …

  12. I think that Tomb Thumb would compliment your Pieris very well b-a-g.— just found Christianity a– (b-born a- again – g guy)

  13. Pittisporum would never survive your very cold Winters Carolyn. The plant is borderline in Scotlands coastline this past Winter we had temperatures of minus 10c on quite a few occasions and one night it reached minus 14 enough to finish them off. We dont truly have the zones in the manner which you have although some people here think that we have. Some attempt to address this many years ago was made, for instance they placed London as Zone 9, no way does it relate to the zone 9 of the US.

  14. Hello Alistair, sorry to hear of the demise of your pittosporums. I agree with you in loving the Tom Thumb which is such a deep sumptuous colour. Surprisingly our pittosporums have survived well this winter down here in the south although it is often the dry cold winds of march that do so much damage…

  15. I have never heard of this plant so probably not hardy here. Sorry you lost yours, but you are providing a valuable service so other gardeners in your area will think twice before planting it. Jill from landscapelover visited me today and told me that you have no system like our hardiness zones. It is very handy because I can just look up a plant’s zone and know whether I should try it, and if it is borderline that I should site it carefully.

  16. Alastair – Thanks for introducing me to Pittosporums. I’ve been looking for a plant that can match the all-year-round beauty of Pieris and I think Tom Thumb fits the bill

  17. I love pittosporum. Sorry yours were lost. Mine have had some freeze back, and don’t look so pretty, but they are still very much alive. The good thing about losing a plant is getting to try something else!

  18. The way you described the foliage of the 1st photo was so clear, urging me to see the real thing. But when you showed the 2nd and 3rd photos of its different cultivars, I was fascinated with the plant with the lovely foliage! Thanks for sharing about these unknown plant (to me)!

  19. Hi Alistair, I do like that Pittosporum, one to keep an eye for! A lovely exotic shrub from NZ 🙂

    We’ve had mixed results with Pittosporums in our garden. They don’t seem to tolerate too much root freeze, all the ones we had pot grown perish in the winter but the ones planted out are fine.

  20. Hi Alistair, that 3rd photo is so incredible in color! Does it grow fast. It will be so amazing with arrangements. I think we also have Pittosporum here, though i am not so familiar with them.

  21. so sorry to hear they did not all make it..such lovely plants…but we do so like to push the hardiness and see just maybe if a plant might make it…a wonderful post Alistair…

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