Arundel Green Pittosporum Pittosporum 'Arundel Green' (f)

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
pittosporum 'Arundel Green'


Pittosporum 'Arundel Green' is an ornamental shrub known for its attractive foliage and vibrant greenery. The plant features a dense growth habit, consisting of multiple stems which give it a lush, bushy presence. The leaves are a standout characteristic, being a glossy, deep green color. They are small to medium in size, with a rounded to oval shape, and often have a slightly waved or curled edge which gives the foliage a textured appearance. Depending on the maturity of the plant, the leaves may present a subtle color variation, ranging from a brighter green when young to a deeper hue as they age. This Pittosporum variety does not typically produce very conspicuous flowers, but when it does, the blooms are small and may be a lighter green or yellow-green, nestled within the thick foliage, adding to the plant’s ornamental value. The overall appearance of 'Arundel Green' is one that offers a well-maintained look with its evergreen leaves and tidy growth pattern, making it a popular choice for garden borders, hedges, or as a standalone specimen in a landscape design. Its ability to maintain color and structure throughout the seasons contributes to its appeal as a decorative addition to outdoor spaces.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Arundel Green Pittosporum, Variegated Pittosporum.

    • Common names

      Pittosporum 'Arundel Green'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Pittosporum 'Arundel Green', commonly known as Pittosporum, is not considered highly toxic to humans but it can cause minor symptoms if ingested. All parts of the Pittosporum plants contain saponins, which can cause mild stomach upset if eaten. Symptoms might include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It is advisable to keep the plant out of reach of children who might accidentally ingest portions of the plant.

    • To pets

      Pittosporum 'Arundel Green', commonly known as Pittosporum, is considered to be mildly toxic to pets. Ingesting any part of the plant can lead to symptoms due to the presence of saponins. Pets, such as dogs and cats, might experience vomiting, diarrhea, and depression if they consume parts of the Pittosporum. It is advisable to prevent pets from chewing on the plant to avoid any potential health issues.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Height

      6 feet (1.8 meters)

    • Spread

      5 feet (1.5 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Easy to Grow: The Pittosporum 'Arundel Green' is known for being relatively easy to care for, making it suitable for a range of gardeners from beginners to experts.
    • Drought Tolerant: Once established, it can tolerate periods of dryness, reducing the need for frequent watering.
    • Evergreen Foliage: It maintains its green leaves throughout the year, providing consistent visual interest in the garden.
    • Privacy Screen: With its dense growth habit, it can serve as an effective privacy screen or hedge, blocking unwanted views and reducing noise pollution.
    • Adaptable to Pruning: The plant responds well to pruning and can be shaped to suit various landscaping designs or maintain a desired size.
    • Ornamental: Offers garden aesthetics with its attractive foliage and, in some cases, small, fragrant flowers that can enhance the sensory appeal of a garden space.
    • Pest Resistant: Generally resistant to many common garden pests, which helps minimize the need for chemical treatments.
    • Windbreak: Its structure can provide a barrier against strong winds, which is beneficial for protecting more delicate plants in the landscape.
    • Coastal Tolerance: Pittosporum 'Arundel Green' can tolerate coastal conditions, including salt spray, making it an excellent choice for seaside gardens.
    • Versatile Landscaping: This species can serve a variety of functions in landscaping, from a stand-alone ornamental plant to a part of a mixed shrubbery border.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Pittosporum can be used as a natural sound barrier in gardens due to its dense foliage, helping to reduce noise pollution.
    • The wood of the Pittosporum is sometimes used in woodworking for small projects such as inlays and decorative objects due to its fine grain.
    • Pittosporum branches can be used in floral arrangements to add structure and greenery, particularly in large installations.
    • The dense canopy of Pittosporum can provide habitat and nesting sites for certain bird species in a garden ecosystem.
    • As bonsai, Pittosporum can be trained into miniature tree forms, making it a popular choice for enthusiasts of this Japanese art.
    • The plant can be used as a living fence or privacy screen due to its fast growth and dense branching habit.
    • In coastal areas, Pittosporum can serve as a windbreak to protect other plants and reduce erosion.
    • The strong root system of Pittosporum can help stabilize slopes and prevent landslides by holding soil in place.
    • During festive seasons, Pittosporum branches can be used to create wreaths and other holiday decorations.
    • Pittosporum's thick foliage can provide shade and cooler areas in gardens, making it useful for creating comfortable outdoor living spaces.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    Pittosporum is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    Pittosporum is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Protection: Pittosporum, commonly known as cheesewood or mock orange, is sometimes associated with protection due to its dense foliage, which can provide a protective barrier in landscapes.
    • Peace: The aromatic blossoms of some Pittosporum species are thought to evoke a sense of calmness and peacefulness.
    • Sanctity: In various cultures, green plants like Pittosporum symbolize purity, renewal, and the sacredness of nature.
    • Resilience: Pittosporum plants are known for their hardiness and resilience, often symbolizing the ability to withstand challenges and adapt to different conditions.

Every 1-2 weeks
500 - 2500 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Japanese Pittosporum should be watered deeply and thoroughly, allowing the soil to dry out somewhat between waterings. Generally, watering once a week with about 1-2 gallons of water is adequate, but this may need to be adjusted based on the weather and soil moisture levels. Be cautious not to overwater, as this can lead to root rot. During hot, dry spells, additional watering may be necessary to keep the soil consistently moist. Reduce the frequency of watering during the winter when the plant is not actively growing.

  • sunLight

    Japanese Pittosporum prefers bright, indirect light but can also tolerate partial shade. It's best to place the plant in a location where it will receive morning sunlight and afternoon shade, as intense afternoon sun can scorch the leaves. A north-facing or east-facing position is ideal for protecting the plant from harsh sunlight while providing it with ample light for growth.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Japanese Pittosporum thrives in temperatures between 50 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit but can survive in temperatures as low as 30 degrees and as high as 90 degrees Fahrenheit. It's important to protect the plant from extreme cold and frost, which can damage it. Ideal temperature conditions for growth are moderate, avoiding the fluctuation to extremes.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune the Japanese Pittosporum to maintain its shape and health, removing any dead or damaged branches, as well as to encourage new growth. The best time to prune is late winter or early spring before new growth starts. Pruning can be done annually or as needed to keep the plant neat and tidy and to promote a bushier growth habit.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Pittosporum, commonly known as 'Arundel Green', prefers a well-draining soil mix, enriched with organic matter such as compost or peat moss. A mix incorporating two parts loam, one part sand or perlite, and one part organic matter works well. The optimal soil pH should be slightly acidic to neutral, ranging from 6.0 to 7.5. Regular testing and adjustment of soil pH may be required to maintain these levels for the healthiest growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Pittosporum 'Arundel Green', also known as 'Arundel Green' Pittosporum, generally requires repotting every two to three years to ensure adequate space for root growth. Younger plants may grow more rapidly and need repotting annually, whereas older, established plants can be repotted less frequently. Always repot in the spring when the plant is entering a period of active growth.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Pittosporum 'Arundel Green', like other Pittosporum varieties, prefers moderate to slightly high humidity levels. Aim to maintain the humidity around 40-50% for optimal growth. If indoor air is dry, consider using a humidifier or a pebble tray with water to increase the surrounding humidity without directly watering the plant.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in well-lit room, out of direct sunlight; water moderately.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in well-drained soil, sun to partial shade; protect from strong winds.

    • Hardiness zone

      8-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Pittosporum 'Arundel Green', commonly known as Arundel Green Pittosporum, begins its life as a seed, typically germinating in moist, well-drained soil in a warm environment. After sprouting, the seedling goes through a phase of rapid vegetative growth, developing a foliage of glossy green leaves and a bushy habit. As the plant matures, it forms a woody stem and branches which support the evergreen leaves year-round. Arundel Green Pittosporum will eventually flower, producing small, inconspicuous blooms that are often scented, followed by the development of seed capsules if pollination occurs. The seeds within these capsules mature and, once released, can propagate new plants, continuing the species' life cycle. This plant may live for many years, with a perennial life cycle, providing it is in an environment free from extreme cold as it is not frost-tolerant.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • The popular Pittosporum, often known by its common name Japanese Cheesewood, is typically propagated using semi-hardwood cuttings. This method usually takes place during the later part of the summer season. To propagate, choose a healthy, disease-free branch and make a cutting of about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 cm) long that includes several leaf nodes. The cutting should be taken just below a leaf node, with the leaves on the lower half removed. You can dip the cut end into root hormone powder to encourage root growth, though this is not always necessary. The cutting is then placed in a well-draining potting mix, ensuring that at least one node is below the surface of the soil. The pot should be kept in a warm, humid environment but out of direct sunlight until the cutting has rooted, which can take several weeks. Regular misting can help maintain the necessary humidity.