Pittosporum serves as wonderful decorative filler. Its woody stems average 8-12 inches in length (20-30 cm) branches into several laterals, upon which are densely-compacted green leaves. Flowers are cream/white to lemon/yellow but it is used mainly for its foliage.
Species: Pittosportum tobira
Origin: Native to China and Japan.
Symbolizes: The genus is named after their sticky seeds, from the Greek meaning "pitch-seed"
Also Known As: Australian Laurel, Italian and New Zealand Pittosporum, and Pitt.
Care, Handling & Design
Temperature: 34-38F (1-3C)
Water: Medium water quality. Avoid softened water.
Vase Life: 7-21 days
What to Look for When Purchasing
Pittosporum have rounded, leathery leaves that are 2-3 inches long (5-8 cm), in clusters along stems. There are variegated species and types, often with cream-colored leaf margins. Look for premature browning, drying, wilting of leaves, leaf drop and leaf burn.
Woody stems suggest the use of a firm floral foam.
Perfect base for arrangements, Pittosporum is extremely long-lasting in a vase or foam. Use a finishing spray after designing to keep stems hydrated and fresh. Use a leaf shine product for high gloss and showy stems. Use Pittosporum by itself or combine it with any flowers to create unique and romantic wedding bouquets, table centerpieces or flower arrangements.
Ethylene sensitive causing premature leaf drop, browning, and wilting.
Pest & Disease Information
Leaf drop - older growths of Pittosporum can experience shattering of leaves. Premature browning of leaf edges. Wilting due to lack of hydration.
For optimal care of Pittosporum, please reference the chart of products below. Make sure to select your region to see which products are available.