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Karo Pittosporum

Pittosporum crassifolium

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Karo Pittosporum (Pittosporum crassifolium) at Rainbow Gardens

Karo Pittosporum flowers

Karo Pittosporum flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Karo Pittosporum (Pittosporum crassifolium) at Rainbow Gardens

Karo Pittosporum

Karo Pittosporum

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  18 feet

Spread:  15 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  7b

Other Names:  Stiffleaf Cheesewood


A lovely variety with long dark green leaves that are grey and fuzzy underneath; reddish purple flowers emerge in early spring and cover the plant; can be pruned back drastically if necessary but occasional pruning will create a perfect hedge

Ornamental Features

Karo Pittosporum has attractive dark green foliage with gray undersides. The fuzzy narrow leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Karo Pittosporum is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a mounded form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Karo Pittosporum is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Karo Pittosporum will grow to be about 18 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Foliage Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features

Disclaimer - This Plant Finder tool is an online resource representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact the store directly for current availability. It does not include our entire selection of plants, so be sure to visit our store to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.