Tom Thumb Kohuhu / Tawhiwhi Hedging

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General Info RHS AGM
Shade Full Sun, Partial Shade
Area Coastal Areas, Exposed Windy Areas
Soil Good, Well Drained, Alkaline/Chalky
Type Evergreen, Hedging, Pot Grown
Ornamental Foliage

Pittosporum tenuifolium Tom Thumb

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Pittosporum tenuifolium Tom Thumb Hedge Plants

The evergreen leaves are purple, which contrast the green new shoots. Great low maintenance ornamental hedging, with a naturally globular habit: often grown as balls. The small brownish-purple flowers in May-June are few, but have a light honey scent that gets stronger in the evening. To 1 metres.

Browse our other evergreen hedging here, or all our hedge plants here.


  • Purple, with bright green new foliage
  • Evergreen shrub
  • Doesn't flower much: bad for bees!
  • Light honey fragrance in the evening
  • Low maintenance hedging or specimen balls
  • To 1m
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit

Growing Pittosporum Tom Thumb

Likes a moist, fertile soil with a decent amount of sun. It is hardy throughout most of the UK, but in colder parts of Scotland it will struggle in exposed locations.

Clip it once a year in Spring to keep it nice and bushy. When it reaches its full size, you may clip it every other year to encourage flowers.

Did You Know?

Pitto-sporum means tar-seed, and tenui-folium is thin-leaf. At home in New Zealand, various locals call it Kohuhu and Tawhiwhi.

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    and incl. 7.5L)


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    price will be automatically
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*Delivery to mainland Britain & the Isle of Wight ONLY. Surcharges to the Isle of Wight and some areas of Scotland apply.

Bareroot planting is best done between November and April
Bareroot and potted - what's the difference?

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