| susceptible to aphids and scale; “Wheeler’s Dwarf” is a common small-leaved variety; P. phillyreoides may do better in desert. [Pittosporaceae; Apiales]
General Information: Pittosporum are evergreen shrubs or small trees. They have thick, glossy, dark gree, leathery leaves. Flowers are rather small and creamy white in color. At maturity they produce a leathery fruit called a capsule. They are quite tolerant of salt sprays and strong winds common along coastal regions.
Lighting: They will tolerate full sun and will thrive in shaded areas.
Temperature: Will tolerate temperatures of twenty degrees F or less without noticeable injury.
Watering: Adequate water to keep from drying out.
Feeding: General purpose fertilizer.
Pruning and wiring: The tree has no particular natural form making it a candidate for informal upright.
Propagation: May be propagated by tip cuttings. Seeds are difficult to obtain and viability is usually poor. Grafting is useful.
Repotting: The tree needs annual repotting and may be severely root pruned. The soil should be well draining.
Pests and diseases: Cottony-cushion scale. Spray with agricultural oil.
Species suitable for bonsai:
Brevard County Extension Office, Cocoa FL.
Compiled by Thomas L. Zane