Pittosporum Foliage

Common Names: Pittosporum, Pitt, Variegated Pittosporum, Australian Laurel.

Botanical names: Pittosporum Spp.

Availability: Year round

Vase life: 7 to 21 days

Storage temperatures: 34 - 41 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: No

Description: Pittosporum plants are prized for their glossy, leathery leaves, which vary in shape and size depending on the species and cultivar. Leaves can be lance-shaped, oval, or elongated, and often have wavy or serrated margins.

Color: The foliage can range in color from deep green to variegated shades of green and cream.

Botanical facts: Pittosporum produces small, bell-shaped flowers that are typically creamy white or pale yellow in color. The flowers are often clustered together in terminal or axillary inflorescences. While not particularly showy, the flowers are fragrant and attract pollinators like bees and butterflies.

Design notes: Pittosporum foliage adds texture, color contrast, and structure to arrangements. The beautiful foliage is long lasting and the leaves have a wonderful citrus fragrance when bruised.

Purchasing hints: Select stems with well hydrated, glossy, unblemished leaves.

Conditioning: Give the woody stem end a fresh break or cut with as sharp knife. Hydrate in water mixed with a commercial floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: Pittosporum plants are very popular and valued for their ornamental qualities, resilience, and ability to thrive in diverse garden settings.