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Variegated Pittosporum (Variegated Japanese Mock Orange)

(6 customer reviews)

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About Variegated Pittosporum (Variegated Japanese Mock Orange)

Whether you call it a Pittosporum, Mock Orange, or Cheesewood, Variegated Pittosporum is something a little different for your landscape. This variety features olive green foliage with eye-catching white edges. Furthermore, these leaves are glossy and rounded on the end, which provides some soft texture to your landscape.

Besides its evergreen foliage, the Variegated Japanese Mock Orange brings fantastically fragrant flowers to the table as well. Petite white blossoms emerge every spring. But don’t let their small size fool you, these blooms pack a real punch of orange-blossom fragrance.

This shrub reaches a maximum size of 6-8′ H and 6-8′ W. However, feel free to trim it to the desired size.

This is a moderate grower and will grow between 13-24″ a year in favorable conditions.

Use this Mock Orange as a hedge, privacy screen, mass planting, or even in Asian-inspired gardens.

This variety is ideal for coastal plantings due to its impressive salt tolerance. In addition, its notably tolerant of urban pollution.

Once established, this plant is water-wise and easy to care for.

Check out the Mojo Pittosporum for a dwarf version of the Variegated Pittosporum. Alternatively, for coastal plantings, try it with the Light Show Bottlebrush, Shoal Creek Chaste Tree, and the Evergreen Stella Daylily.

Variegated Pittosporum Care

Hardy in USDA Zones 8-11, down to 10° when fully established.

Prefers Full Sun to Part Shade for best results. In full sun, this variety grows larger and more open. Meanwhile, in the partial shade, it tends to be smaller and more compact.

Water 2-3 times per week during the first growing season to encourage deep root production. During the second season, water 1-2 times per week. Afterward, water weekly in times of extreme drought and heat.

Grows well in average-quality soil as long as it has good drainage.

Fertilize every few months with a balanced slow-release fertilizer starting in spring to keep this selection growing and thriving.

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Scientific Name
Pittosporum tobira 'Variegatum'
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Average Size
6-8' H X 6-8' W
Bloom Season
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6 reviews for Variegated Pittosporum (Variegated Japanese Mock Orange)

  1. Teddo (verified owner)

    So my issue was with the shipping. Fedex kept reporting sending me notices that my delivery would be that day but it keep being delayed for several days. Consequently, the plants were really dried out. I’m trying to nurse them back. Too early to tell if they will survive.

  2. Mariana Sanderson (verified owner)

    Beautiful, healthy plant.
    Received well packaged and in a timely manner. I love the products and service which this company provides!

  3. Scott (verified owner)

    Really happy with the quality and health of their plants. Hard to find much in Texas at the moment. My little secret…

  4. Leann (verified owner)

    I accidentally ordered this guy when I meant to get the dwarf “Mojo”. Fortunately I noticed before he was in the ground, but I’ll have to find him a different place. Arrived healthy in good time.

  5. Patricia Burns (verified owner)

    Never thought that I would buy a plant online but now I love to buy plants from PBMM. The plants arrived usually within 3 days for me. Plants are carefully and sturdily package. This shrub is a prime example of a fine plant to go in my yard. The descriptions are most helpful and all plants I have ordered have been great and are doing well.

  6. cody_humphrey (verified owner)

    These plants were exceptionally healthy, and have done well in my yard. I’ve had them one season now. They were very slow growing during this exceptionally hot and dry summer, but have sprouted with several inches of growth this fall. The light variegation looks beautiful in my garden. Definitely a great purchase.

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