Other common names tawhiwhi 'Tom Thumb'. Synonyms Pittosporum 'Tom Thumb'. Family Pittosporaceae. Genus Pittosporum are evergreen shrubs or trees with simple, leathery leaves and small, often fragrant, 5-petalled flowers, followed by spherical, woody fruits splitting to reveal seeds embedded in sticky pulp. Pittosporum tenuifolium is one of the hardiest pittosporums, bearing neat, evergreen foliage on gorgeous black stems. Some varieties bear inconspicuous, dark purple honey-scented flowers. Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Tom Thumb’ is a compact shrub with a rounded shape, and bears small, dark purple leaves. It’s ideal for growing against a south-facing wall or as a display in its own right in a Author: Daniel Haynes.
Pittosporum tenuifolium is a small evergreen tree – up to 10 m (33 ft) – commonly known as kōhūhū and black matipo, and by other Māori names kohukohu and tawhiwhi.Its small, very dark, reddish-purple flowers generally go unnoticed, and are scented only at Family: Pittosporaceae. Pittosporum Tenuifolium Tom Thumb The most popular of all because of its relatively small size, compact habit, attractive foliage and stems. A slow growing variety which requires almost no maintenance. It makes an excellent low level dense, hedge / border when planted 80cm / 30in apart. In our view it is an ideal alternative to a low box hedge.
Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Tom Thumb' (Pittosporum 'Tom Thumb') will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 1m after 10-20 years. Suggested uses. City, Hedging/Screens, Beds and borders, Containers, Wallside and trellises, Drought Tolerant. Pittosporum Tenuifolium Tom Thumb also known as Tawhiwhi Tom Thumb is great low level foliage shrub with neat leaves changing from golden green to purple as they get older. Small honey scented flowers in dark chocolate purple sometimes appear in July/August. Pittosporum Tom Thumb reaches a max height of 1m.