Pittosporum tobira ‘Kansai Sunburst’ is a great evergreen shrub for warm climates. The new creamy yellow growth softens to a pure white margin surrounding a silvery-green center. Late spring flowers are mostly lost among the brightly variegated leaves but are exceptionally fragrant with an aroma reminiscent of orange blossom. Our plant originally came from Barry Yinger’s Asiatica Nursery where so many wonderful plants were introduced to western horticulture. We are growing it in full sun at the JC Raulston Arboretum where it is thriving and growing vigorously with no sign of sun scorch. We expect it to grow to about 6′ in five years, perhaps to 12′ in 10 years with no pruning. Plant it in sun to part shade. Reports indicate that this may be a fairly tender plant, ours has survived a couple of years outdoors but has not been tested over a cold winter.
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