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Pittosporum tobira

Family: Pittosporaceae

Common names: JAPANESE MOCKORANGE, JAPANESE PITTOSPORUM

Native to: China, Japan

Plant

Type: shrub

Forms: clumping, erect

Leaves evergreen

Max height: 15 feet

Max width: 15 feet

Flower

white/off white

Leaf

green

Horticulture

Attracts wildlife: adult butterfly, bee, specific butterfly species

Plant features: evergreen

Exposure: part shade, sun

Propagates by: seed

flowers in spring

flowers in summer

Soil type: well drained

USDA Zone: zone 9 to +20 f

Temp. range: +20 to +30 °F

Water: drought tolerant, regular

Butterflies that feed on this plant

  • Pittosporum tobira 1
  • Pittosporum tobira 2
  • Pittosporum tobira

This is a spring-blooming aromatic shrub that is very hardy. The blossoms will waft a sweet aroma into your home during the evening hours. It can get quite large but does respond well to pruning. Bees love it as does one butterfly that we know of - the Red Admiral, Vanessa atalanta.

This plant has naturalized in four states including California, Florida, North Carolina, and Georgia. There are nine Pittosporum species that are native to Hawaii.