Pittosporum 'Tom Thumb'
5 litre pot
Full sun or partial shade
Well drained soil
Darkest evergreen foliage
Pittosporum 'Tom Thumb' is one of our favourite shrubs and in our opinion, hugely underrated! It's an evergreen shrub with the darkest foliage so it has an incredible impact in the winter garden and also acts as a wonderful foil for other colourful shrubs or flowers in the summer border. We always love to use 'Tom Thumb' in our show gardens for exactly that reason; it contrasts so well with all colours. especially silver foliage plants or ornamental grasses. Tom Thumb is slow growing and doesnt generally require pruning, although you can give it a trim to shape if needed, it's the ultimate low maintenance shrub. New young foliage is spring green, which gradually changes into small glossy black leaves.
Plant Pittosporum 'Tom Thumb' in a fertile well drained soil, it grows happily in sun or part shade.
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These are best planted in the ground in full sun or partial shade, they can tolerate a sheltered north facing site. They are happy in neutral, slightly acidic or alkaline pH soil that is moist but free draining. Once planted water well to ensure the plant has as good start.
If planting in a pot use a John Innis No3 based compost with some added grit.
Water well to get established and feed with a general purpose plant food.
Pittosporums can be pruned in late winter or early spring