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Pitosforo, also called, Pittospore it is a shrub or a small tree native to Africa, Asia and Australia. There are over 200 species in the world, in Italy far fewer - a couple or a little more - and they are used above all to compose hedges, flowering and fragrant hedges that become barriers to pleasant green interruptions.
As we will see later the Pitosforo it produces particularly fleshy flowers which together form white and then cream “panicles”. Intoxicating for the smell they emanate, rounded in shapes: no doubt about it, this hedge plant has charm.
After flowering, the Pitosforo produces semi-woody berries with a resinous pulp that holds the seeds: this is perhaps the least fascinating part but it is the characteristic from which the name derives: Pittosporum in Greek means resinous seeds.
What is said in the scientific world Pittosporum Tobira Nanum it reveals only the small shrub with bright green leaves that we can easily grow in pots. It has a rounded shape and produces fragrant creamy white flowers, reaches a maximum of 80 cm, approximately, and we can easily get some an online copy for just over 10 euros.
It comes in a 18 cm diameter pot and is one of the species of Pitosphorus selected to be grown in containers in order to decorate and perfume terraces and balconies and not just public or private gardens. An excellent opportunity, given that beyond the size, the Pitosforo is one of the best flowering shrubs ever.
In Italy the Pitosphorus more common is P. Tobira, originally from Japan and China: a large, fairly slow growing, evergreen shrub with dark green, glossy leaves in bunches. In the center they have a light grain, which creates a variegated effect, but the best for made in Italy hedges is the mix of Pittosporum tobira and Pittosporum tenuifolium, the true variegated. This type is in fact equipped with leaves with more delicate colors, different shades from the dark one mentioned: the result can only be spectacular.
Both Pitosfori have a leathery hair to the touch, the leaves are small and oval. This also applies to the third species of Pitosphorus most widespread in Italy: heterophyllus, always with spring flowering white tending to purple, very fragrant.
Not in our country, except for exceptions, but in the world we find other very varied choreographies that I quote with pleasure. The Pittosporum 'Irene Paterson' it has dark purple flowers and cream-colored leaves with pinkish hues, for example, while the 'Silver Magic' small purple flowers and silver leaves with white stripes. Finally, the Tobira 'Variegata' has white and yellow flowers and obviously variegated but cream-colored leaves.
Pitosforo: diseases and yellow leaves
Among the hedge plants the Pitosphorus it is considered quite resistant, this does not mean that it is not "attackable" by some enemies, first of all the cochineal which begins to threaten him in spring. To cure our shrub or small tree it is necessary to treat it with mineral oil activated by insecticides, as soon as possible, in order to prevent the leaves from being destroyed by fumaggine. Another enemy is there’Oziorrinco, its presence is to be connected to the sight of cut leaves and specific products are needed to hunt it.
Although known for its penchant for creating hedges and barriers, the Pitosforo is also very good in pots or in a container, both to delimit open spaces and to furnish terraces. It is and remains a resistant and easy to maintain plant as it grows slowly and should not be pruned every two by three.
Of course it should be taken into account that the specimens grown in pots need to be wetted a few more times, but they tolerate drought and our forgetfulness quite well. Another trick for Pitosphorus from pot is the soil change, or pot change, every 2-3 years, always choosing universal soil and always keeping it moist but never letting it be created water stagnation.
The affordable price seen above for the nano Pitosforo is not an exception due to its size, this plant it's convenient. A Pittosporum Tobira in an 18 cm pot online it costs 10 euros and a few coins. Once purchased we have a shrub with bright green leaves, we can prune it so that it has a rounded shape which it then maintains by itself enriching it with scented creamy white flowers. Let's keep it in the sun, it will pay off.
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