AVAILABLE 2019. A much sought-after dwarf variety of pittosporum, slow growing but worth being patient with. Tom Thumb forms a rounded specimen with light lime green new leaves, which soon develop a chocolatey purple colour. Evergreen – and with honey-scented, if insignificant, flowers! Sun or semi-shade. Any reasonable soil. To 3 feet. 2 litre pot.

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Pittosporum is a genus largely native to Australia but with a few outposts elsewhere across the globe. Pittosporum Tenuifolium, of which Tom Thumb is a named variety, is endemic to New Zealand and is noted for its dark coloured stems, to which young Tom adds the bonus feauture of dark leaves. One of this shrub’s finest moments is in the early to mid season when the new lime green growth stands out in contrast to the rich chocolatey purple of the mature foliage. The white flowers are pretty little things, too, but you do have to get close up to be able to enjoy their attractions.

The name Pittosporum derives from the Greek for tar and seed, referring to the sticky nature of some plants in the genus. Tenuifolium just means narrow leaved. Just in case you wanted to know. You are unlikely to want to prune this little beauty much. If you do, just give it a light trim during the season.

This short video shows off a nice specimen of Pittosporum Tom Thumb.

Pittosporum Tenuifolium Tom Thumb is a compact hardy evergreen shrub with chocolate brown leaves, light green when young, suitable for sun or semi-shade.

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