The Mojo Pittosporum from the Southern Living Plant Collection is a fantastic twist on the traditional variegated pittosporum! The Mojo produces glossy emerald green leaves with creamy white edges, similar to the variegated pittosporum. However, Mojo is much more vividly colored and truly ‘pops’ in the landscape. Expect this brightly colored foliage to decorate your landscape all year long due to an evergreen nature.
This variegated pittosporum has a naturally compact growth habit. Couple that with relatively slow growth, and you’ll find that pruning is unnecessary!
In Spring, the Mojo Pittosporum yields clusters of vanilla-white flowers. These fragrant blooms are distinctly reminiscent of an orange blossom. Therefore, a few planted around your patio is a great way to enjoy some seasonal fragrance.
Like other Pittosporums, this variety is ideal for coastal exposures. This is because of this breeds natural salt tolerance.
The Mojo Pittosporum has an impressive deer-resistance. In addition, it’s notably water-wise once established.
Mojo Pittosporum Care
Hardy from USDA Zones 7-10a, down to 5° F. However, we recommend freezing weather protection in the first couple growing seasons to ensure survival.
Plant from part sun to shade. We get a lot of people asking us about reliable plants for tricky shaded locations, and the Mojo Pittosporum is one of our most popular solutions. Check out the Soft Caress Mahonia for another exceptional shade variety.
Water the Mojo regularly for the first growing season. Generally 2-3 times a week is sufficient. Afterwards, only water in times of extended heat and drought.
This variety doesn’t have strict soil requirements, and will do well in slightly acidic to neutral soil. The most important aspect of the soil is that it drains well. Soil with poor drainage will lead to root rot and the eventual expiration of your plant.
Fertilize Mojo Pittosporum with a slow-release, balanced fertilizer in spring. This will promote growth and the overall good health of your plant. Moreover, add a couple inches of composted manure around the base of your plant every year. This will enrich the soil and keep your plant thriving.
Mojo Pittosporum Spacing Recommendations
For a seamless planting, plant your Mojo Pittosporum 2.5-3 feet apart. For space between plantings, plant them 3+ feet apart.