13 Best Pittosporum Varieties | Types of Pittosporum Plants

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Read about the Best Pittosporum Varieties and use the dramatic foliage of this plant as hedges for great privacy and screening!

Native to Asia and Africa, Pittosporum is widely grown throughout Japan and New Zealand. It enjoys mild weather, well-drained soil, and full sun. Many hybrid types are available that can be used as hedges, small trees, and shrubs. Have a look at the Best Pittosporum Varieties!

Check out our article on growing Pittosporum here! 

Types of Pittosporum

1. Kohuhu

Best Pittosporum Varieties

Botanical Name: Pittosporum tenuifolium

Height / Spread: 15-25 / 10-15 feet

USDA Zones: 9-11

This variety is a good hedge plant with small oval-shaped and pointed mid-green leaves. Grow this fast-growing specimen in full sun to partial shade.

2. Marjorie Channon

Botanical Name: Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Marjorie Channon’ 

Height / Spread: 8-10 / 8-12 feet

USDA Zones: 8-10

Marjorie Channon displays oval-shaped green leaves with white margins and dark brown-black stems. During spring, the plant produces a cluster of fragrant purple flowers.

3. Silver Magic

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Botanical Name: Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Silver Magic’

Height / Spread: 8-12 feet with a similar spread

USDA Zones: 9-11

The plant’s oval-shaped leaves have creamy pink edges with dark-brown black stems. It also grows a cluster of small, fragrant deep purple flowers in spring.

4. Silver Sheen

Botanical Name: Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Silver Sheen’

Height / Spread: 12-16 / 6-8 feet

USDA Zones: 8-11

Just like the name, its leaves give a beautiful contrast in grey-green hues with the black stems. It is ideal for screening on driveways and pathways.

5. Hairy-Branched Pittosporum

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Botanical Name: Pittosporum tobira

Height / Spread: 15-25 / 10-15 feet

USDA Zones: 9-10

Endemic to Western Ghats of India, this variety prefers a warm and humid climate. It displays mid-green spiral leaves with a cluster of white flowers.

6. Lemonwood

Botanical Name: Pittosporum eugenioides

Height / Spread: 15-35 / 10-12 feet

USDA Zones: 7-10

The leaves of Eugenides are flecked yellow-green with wavy edges. It produces a cluster of highly fragrant yellow-cream flowers in spring.

7. Stillleaf Cheeswood

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Botanical Name: Pittosporum crassifolium

Height / Spread: 12-14 / 8-12 feet

USDA Zones: 8-10

Stillleaf features dark gray-green leathery leaves with hairy undersides. The plant produces red-purple flowers in spring. This self-fertile variety is perfect for sunny and dappled shade hedges.

8. Australian Laurel

Botanical Name: Pittosporum undulatum

Height / Spread: 10-15 feet with same spread

USDA Zones: 9-10

Tobira offers oval-shaped, dark green leaves with rolled edges. In spring, it produces fragrant five-petaled pure white flowers. The plant is also drought-resistant.

9. Tom Thumb

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Botanical Name: Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Tom Thumb’

Height / Spread: 3-5 feet tall with a similar spread

USDA Zones: 8-10

Tom Thumb is a dense variety with wavy bordered deep purple leaves on dark young stems. It also features a cluster of fragrant, tiny black-red flowers in late spring and early summer.

Best Pittosporum Dwarf Varieties

10. Golf Ball


Botanical Name: Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Golf Ball’

Height / Spread: 2-5 / 2-3 feet

USDA Zones: 8-11

This compact shrub has beautiful foliage that looks great on black stems. Some varieties also grow flowers with honey-like fragrance. It also looks great in containers!

11. Wheelers Dwarf

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Botanical Name: Pittosporum tobira ‘Wheeleri’ 

Height / Spread: 2-3 / 3-4 feet

USDA Zones: 8b-11

Wheelers Dwarf looks dense with curly branches that form a slight curve. In early spring, fragrant white flowers start to appear on the plant. Some varieties can be grown in containers also.

12. Shorty

Botanical Name: Pittosporum argentea ‘Shorty’

Height / Spread: 2-3 / 1-3 feet

USDA Zones: 8-10

This hardy dwarf variety has silver-grey foliage with a rounded and dense shape. It is an ideal specimen for hedging and topiary.

13. Miss Muffet

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Botanical Name: Pittosporum tobira ‘Miss Muffet’

Height/Width: 2-3 / 3-5 feet

USDA Zones: 9-10

This small shrub has a dense, glossy green foliage adorned with fragrant pretty white flowers that appear in spring. It can also be planted in containers of your choice!

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