Tawhiwhi 'Abbotsbury Gold' Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Abbotsbury Gold' (f/v)

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
tawhiwhi 'Abbotsbury Gold'


'Abbotsbury Gold' is an evergreen shrub to 3m tall and wide, with rounded leathery yellow leaves margined with dark green; fragrant deep purple flowers 1cm wide open in late spring and early summer

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Kohuhu, Tawhiwhi

    • Common names

      Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Abbotsbury Gold'

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      8-12 feet (2.4-3.7 meters)

    • Spread

      6-8 feet (1.8-2.4 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      New Zealand


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Value: Adds visual interest to gardens with its variegated golden-green leaves and dark stems.
    • Hedging and Screening: Useful for creating hedges or screens due to its dense and bushy growth habit.
    • Low Maintenance: Requires minimal pruning and can thrive in a variety of soil conditions once established.
    • Drought Tolerance: Can survive in dry conditions, making it suitable for xeriscaping and arid climates.
    • Wind Resistant: Sturdy and resilient against strong winds, making it ideal for coastal and exposed gardens.
    • Suitable for Potting: Can be grown in containers, offering flexibility in placement and garden design.
    • Wildlife Friendly: Attracts birds and beneficial insects, which can aid in pest control and pollination.
    • Evergreen Foliage: Provides year-round interest with its evergreen leaves, keeping gardens looking vibrant even in winter.
    • Variety of Landscapes: Versatile plant that fits well in formal, cottage, and contemporary garden styles.

  • 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 tenuifolium 'Abbotsbury Gold', commonly known as Kohuhu, can be used in floral arrangements as the variegated foliage provides a striking contrast against colorful flowers.
    • The wood from Kohuhu is sometimes used in woodworking or for crafting small objects, as it is hard and fine-grained.
    • In landscape design, Kohuhu is effective as a hedge or screen, providing both privacy and aesthetic appeal with its golden-edged leaves.
    • Kohuhu can be trained as topiary, offering a unique way to create garden sculptures and living art.
    • Its dense foliage can be beneficial for reducing noise pollution in urban gardens, acting as a natural sound barrier.
    • Kohuhu can be grown in containers and used to decorate balconies, patios, or terraces, especially where ground planting space is limited.
    • In coastal areas, Kohuhu can serve as a windbreak, its robust nature providing protection against strong sea breezes for more delicate plants.
    • The shimmering foliage of Kohuhu can be used to add light and color to shaded garden areas where few plants thrive.
    • Kohuhu's resilient nature allows it to be used in reclamation projects, helping to stabilize soil and prevent erosion.
    • As a companion plant, Kohuhu can provide a supportive backdrop for flowering plants, allowing them to stand out more prominently.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The plant Kohuhu is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The plant Kohuhu is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Resilience: Pittosporum, also known as Kohuhu, is known for its hardy nature, symbolizing the ability to endure and thrive in various conditions.
    • Protection: With its dense foliage, Kohuhu can symbolize shelter and protection, offering a safe haven for birds and beneficial insects.
    • Beauty: The variegated leaves of 'Abbotsbury Gold', with their golden edges, represent beauty and grace in the plant world.
    • Versatility: This plant's adaptability to different growing conditions and uses in landscaping symbolizes versatility and flexibility in life.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    For the Kohuhu, water the plant regularly to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Typically, it should be watered once a week, delivering about 1-2 gallons of water each time, depending on the weather conditions and soil drainage. During hot and dry spells, you may need to water twice a week, while in cooler or rainy periods, reduce the frequency. Always check the top inch of the soil; if it feels dry, it's time to water the plant. Avoid overhead watering to reduce the risk of fungal diseases and focus on the base of the plant.

  • sunLight

    Kohuhu thrives best in full sun to partial shade. It should be placed in a spot where it can receive at least four to six hours of direct sunlight a day. However, in areas with particularly hot summers, providing some afternoon shade will help protect the plant from excessive heat.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Kohuhu prefers temperate climates and is hardy in temperatures as low as 20°F and can tolerate up to around 85°F, although it thrives best when the temperature ranges from 60°F to 75°F. It can withstand occasional dips below this range, but prolonged exposure to extreme cold or heat can be harmful to the plant.

  • scissorsPruning

    Kohuhu should be pruned to maintain shape and encourage bushy growth, but it is a low-maintenance plant that doesn't require frequent pruning. The best time to prune is in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. This can be done annually or as needed to remove dead or damaged branches and to shape the plant.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Kohuhu prefers a quickly draining soil mix consisting of two parts loam, one part sand or perlite, and one part compost or peat to retain some moisture while avoiding waterlogging. The ideal pH range for this plant is between 5.5 and 6.5.

  • plantRepotting

    Kohuhu should be repotted every 2 to 3 years to refresh the soil and to accommodate root growth. Younger, more actively growing plants may require more frequent repotting.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Kohuhu typically fares well in average home humidity levels but can benefit from slightly higher humidity. Aim for a relative humidity of around 40-50%.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Kohuhu in bright indirect light, ensure good airflow.

    • Outdoor

      Grow Kohuhu in partial shade to full sun, shelter from strong winds.

    • Hardiness zone

      8-10 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Abbotsbury Gold', commonly known as Kohuhu or Tawhiwhi, begins its life cycle with seed germination, which requires a well-drained soil medium and warm temperatures. After germination, the seedling stage proceeds as the plant develops roots and the first true leaves appear, exhibiting variegated foliage that is characteristic of this cultivar. As it enters the vegetative stage, the plant experiences rapid growth, producing more leaves and branches and forming a bushy habit. This is followed by the maturity stage where the Kohuhu produces small, honey-scented, dark-purple flowers, usually in late spring or early summer. If conditions allow, the flowers are followed by seed pod development, which then dry and release seeds to complete the reproductive cycle. Throughout its life, Kohuhu may undergo pruning and shaping to maintain a desired form, and can live many years if given proper care and protected from extreme frosts.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • The most popular method of propagation for Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Abbotsbury Gold', also known as Kohuhu, is through semi-hardwood cuttings. This is typically done in late summer after new growth has matured and started to harden. The cuttings should be about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) long, with the lower leaves removed. Dipping the cut ends in rooting hormone can enhance the chances of successful root development. The cuttings are then planted in a well-draining soil mixture, ensuring that the leaf nodes where the leaves were removed are buried, as roots will develop from these points. The environment should be kept humid, often by covering the cuttings with a plastic bag or dome, and out of direct sunlight until roots have established, which generally takes several weeks.