This is a highly desirable and very sough after Pittosporum, the unique leaves are almost completely creamy white at first and mature to a marbled cream and shining green that catches and reflects the light in all seasons. The overwhemlmingly creamy white leaves give this shrub an almost ghostly appearance at certain times of the year, you just cant walk past it without further investigation! The stems are the same purple-black of all Pittosporum making a remarkable contrast, like all Pittosporums, Irene Patterson will produce fragrant yet insignificant chocolate-purple flowers in late Spring, flowering is not always guaranteed but this is not a problem since the beautiful and ever changing foliage is the star of the show here.
Pittosporum Irene Patterson is a smaller and more compact variety, excellent in flower beds and borders or a very special decorative hedge up to 100cm high. However you choose to grow this shrub it will add delicate evergreen structure to all situations, and provide a supply of the most perfect flower arranging foliage you will find!
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Unique and eye-catching, the foliage of the Pittosporum tenuifolium Irene Patterson stands out from other common evergreen shrubs. New leaves appear and are pure white in colour before taking on the usual colouring of green and cream leaves. The stems as with other species of Pittosporum are black in colour with a wiry effect. All of these features make the foliage a first choice for florists and floral crafts.
Ideally Pittosporum tenifolium Irene Patterson hedging should be planted in fertile, well-drained soil, keep moisture high within the first year of planting, while the roots are establishing, but not so much the ground is sodden.
The leaves are enhanced with tiny purple flowers during the months of May and June sweet in scent they make a great addition to any hedge or border that the Pittosporum tenifolium Irene Patterson are being used for, enhancing the chance of wildlife within your garden.
The Pittosporum tenuifolium Irene Patterson hedging thrives once established, with little help, a light trim in the spring will tidy up any wandering branches, this larger shrub can reach a height of 1.5 metres and can have a spread of up to 1 metre.
Pittosporum tenuifolium Irene Patterson is a practical and popular choice for coastal area hedging due to its dislike of colder areas, the density is an ideal choice for a screening hedge.
To ensure a good start for your Pittosporum we recommend that the planting area is cleared of all weeds and the ground cultivated well. Bonemeal fertiliser and Rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi when planting gives plants an encouraging start enhancing strong root growth.
Rootgrow should come into direct contact with the roots of the plant when planting while bonemeal should be well mixed with the soil that is used to backfill around the plant. There is a useful guide to planting on the how to plant a hedge website page, we also send a colour copy of the planting instructions with your plant delivery to give your new Pittosporum tenuifolium Irene Patterson hedge a great start.