Pittosporum Tasman Ruffles is a Native to New Zealand. An evergreen shrub that has jade green foliage with pretty, ruffled edges.  one of its main features is the dark reddish black stems that highlights against its beautiful foliage, has an overall compact growth habit.   A tidy, low maintenance variety predominantly used for hedging as it is easy to clip and maintain, but with the ability to grow to 3 metres tall, it also makes a great screen.

Pittosporum Tasman Ruffles

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Description: Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Tasman Ruffles', commonly known as Tasman Ruffles Pittosporum, is an evergreen shrub noted for its wavy, ruffled foliage and dense, compact growth habit. This plant is particularly valued for its ornamental appeal and versatility in garden design, making it an excellent choice for hedges, borders, and specimen planting.

Flowers:

  • Blooms: Produces small, inconspicuous dark purple to black flowers in late spring to early summer. The flowers are not a significant feature of this cultivar.
  • Fragrance: The flowers have a mild, sweet fragrance, but they are generally not prominent.

Foliage:

  • Leaves: Small, glossy, bright green leaves with wavy, ruffled edges. The foliage is densely packed along the stems, providing a textured and lush appearance.
  • Seasonal Color: The evergreen foliage maintains its vibrant green color throughout the year, adding consistent interest.

Form and Size:

  • Size: Typically grows 1.5-2.5 meters tall and 1-2 meters wide, forming a dense, rounded shape.
  • Habit: Upright and bushy, with a compact, mounded form that makes it suitable for various landscape uses.

Growing Conditions:

  • Climate: Thrives in temperate to subtropical climates, suitable for various regions in Australia. It is tolerant of light frosts and coastal conditions.
  • Soil: Prefers well-draining soil but can adapt to a variety of soil types, including sandy and loamy soils. It tolerates both acidic and alkaline conditions.
  • Sunlight: Best grown in full sun to partial shade. Full sun encourages the best growth and foliage color, while partial shade can help prevent leaf scorch in hotter climates.
  • Watering: Regular watering during the establishment phase is crucial. Once established, it is moderately drought-tolerant but benefits from consistent moisture during dry periods.

Uses:

  • Hedges and Borders: Ideal for creating low to medium hedges and borders due to its compact growth habit and dense foliage.
  • Specimen Plant: Can be used as a standalone specimen plant in gardens and courtyards, where its unique foliage can be showcased.
  • Containers: Suitable for growing in large containers or pots, providing a structured element to patios and balconies.
  • Accent Planting: Perfect for adding texture and structure to mixed borders and garden beds.

Maintenance:

  • Pruning: Minimal pruning is required to maintain its shape. Light pruning in late winter to early spring can help maintain its dense, rounded form and remove any dead or damaged branches.
  • Fertilizing: Apply a balanced fertilizer in early spring to promote healthy growth and vibrant foliage color.
  • Pests and Diseases: Generally resistant to pests and diseases. Monitor for aphids, scale insects, and leaf spot, especially in humid conditions.

Notes:

  • Hardiness: Hardy in USDA zones 8-11. In cooler regions of Australia, provide protection from severe frost to prevent damage to young shoots.

Companion Plants: Pair with other evergreen shrubs and perennials that thrive in similar conditions, such as camellias, azaleas, and loropetalums, to create a cohesive and colorful garden display.

Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Tasman Ruffles' (Tasman Ruffles Pittosporum)

Common Name: Tasman Ruffles Pittosporum

Botanical Name: Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Tasman Ruffles'

Family: Pittosporaceae

Origin: Native to New Zealand