Compact, Pittosporum tobira 'Nanum' or 'Nana' (Japanese Mock Orange) is a small, broadleaf evergreen shrub featuring attractive, leathery, dark-green leaves, glossy on the top and with lighter undersides. They are arranged alternately in a whorl around the stem and provide a dense foliage year-round. Clusters of delightfully fragrant, small pure white flowers appear in late spring at the branch tips. Their sweet orange scent gives rise to the common name Japanese Mock Orange. They contrast beautifully against the handsome background of dark green foliage and last for several weeks, before gradually fading to creamy-yellow.
Easy to care for and durable, this shrub is a favorite of gardeners. Plant one near your patio and enjoy its heavenly perfume!
- Long-lived, this pittosporum is a moderate to fast grower if provided adequate nutrients and water. Will grow up to 2 ft. tall and wide (60 cm) in an upright rounded form with its branches radiating out from around the stems.
- Thrives in full sun or part shade in average, slightly acidic, moderately fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Drought tolerant once established. This plant is very adaptable and will grow in most soils except for those that are constantly wet. The Japanese pittosporum is also salt tolerant so it is a great choice for seaside plantings.
- Rarely affected by pests or disease, but watch for aphids, scale, mealybugs or leaf spot.
- Requires little maintenance. Regular trimming may be needed to maintain a compact shape, create formal hedges and topiary
- Propagate by cuttings and seeds
- Very versatile, this plant is perfect for beds and borders. Well suited to coastal gardens and small gardens. May be be clipped to a low formal hedge, similarly to Boxwood. Its compact size allows container planting. Where not winter hardy, plants should be overwintered in greenhouses or sunrooms. The beautiful evergreen foliage and ability to produce scented flowers indoors make this plant a desirable greenhouse plant.
- Native to China and Japan, but used as an ornamental in mild climates throughout the world.