The pitosforo hedge is particularly suitable for creating boundaries around your garden. This is because the leaf is very smooth and the plant is very thick so it is impenetrable and shielding. Beyond the strictly functional aspect, this shrub is also used in hedges because it is one of those few shrubs useful for this purpose that at the same time produce showy and fragrant flowers.
In the same hedge it is possible to alternate and mix varieties that differ in the color of the foliage, creating a truly unique and original aesthetic. The leaves of this type of plant, in fact, can be darker or with a green-gray shade with streaks and yellow or white edges. With a little imagination and creativity, using the specimens of this particular variety, you can make beautiful and elegant hedges.
The various species of pitosforo
This shrub has its origins in Australia, Africa and Asia, but thanks to its characteristics of resistance, it has spread all over the world. Depending on the geographical area and climate, different species of this plant are used. In Italy the most exploited typology is the Pittosporum tobira which has a light green leaf with a yellow perimeter, producing a fine and characteristic aesthetic effect. In gardening another variety that is used is the Pittosporum tenuifolium, with a much darker shade. The country of origin is New Zealand and is therefore adaptable in more shady areas, with a less warm climate. Also from New Zealand comes the Pittosporum colensoi with bright red flowers in summer.
How to grow pitosforo
The ideal place to grow hedges with this type of plant should be fairly sunny. If the affected part is perpetually in the shade, the plant will have difficulty growing. It is a rather resistant shrub that does not need structures that protect it from the winds. Indeed it is thanks to the strength that characterizes them that the pittosporum hedges are easily used in the windy sea resorts. The most suitable soil is the one with good drainage, consisting of soil, sand and peat. When the plant is young it is necessary to bathe it several times a week, while if it is an adult it can remain even in periods of drought. The fertilization must be carried out twice a year for the youngest plants and it is sufficient once in spring for the adult ones.
Pitosforo disease and pruning
The most common parasites that can attack this plant are scale insects. They are small insects that can be eliminated from the plant by carefully disinfecting the affected part or using special products that cause their death. If one intervenes in time, this plant can be saved without consequences. Another type of parasites are aphids that are treated with specific insecticides. There is also a dangerous mite for pitosforo and it is the red spider that must be eliminated by spraying the foliage or, if the presence of the spider is reduced, it can be removed directly with wet cotton. Pruning is important for the pitosforo from hedge because it allows the plant to always have a luxuriant vegetation. If it is not trimmed several times in the period between May and April, in fact it risks emptying into the lower part creating an unsightly effect.