Pittosporum tenuifolium – Tom Thumb

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Pittosporum tenuifolium – Tom Thumb

Pittosporum tenuifolium - Tom Thumb - We can supply, plants & all aspects of hedging including box hedging within the Chichester Winchester Tangmere Bognor Portsmouth Bournemouth Guildford Andover Southampton Brighton West Sussex Hampshire Surrey Dorset New Forest Greater London Wiltshire areas
Sizes Supplied Item Price (£) + VAT Type
15-20cm 1.75 P9

Key: Type – P9 = Container Size | RB = Root Ball

Details / Key Facts

Pittosporum tenuifolium – Tom Thumb is a superb dwarf evergreen with small leaves which begin green but turn a rich, deep purple. Forms a neat, dense mound, 90cm high and wide, remaining perfectly compact even without trimming. Delightful at the front of a mixed border. Valued by flower arrangers.

Thrives especially in mild and coastal areas, but will survive all but severe winters in colder inland areas provided it is planted in well-drained soil, in a warm site sheltered from cold winds. If grown in a container requires protection from frost in winter.

Key Facts

  • Common name: Tom Thumb
  • Botanical name: Pittosporum tenuifolium
  • Group: Small Hedge 
  • Flowering time: Spring
  • Soil: Sand, Chalk, Loam
  • Height and spread: 0.5-1 metres and 0.5-1 metres
  • Aspect: East-facing or West-facing. Full Sun or Partial Shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Difficulty: Easy

How To Grow

Easy to grow in fertile, moist but well-drained, soil. May need protection in colder climes especially from cold, drying winds. Plant in full sun for the best leaf effect

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
Hedging & Screens Wall-side Borders City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden


Pittosporum ten. ‘Tom Thumb’ are evergreen shrubs or trees with simple, leathery leaves and small, often fragrant, 5-petalled flowers, followed by spherical, woody fruits splitting to reveal seeds embedded in sticky pulp

Further information
Pittosporum ten. ‘Tom Thumb’ is a dense, slow-growing small evergreen shrub of rounded habit, with deep purple, undulate leaves contrasting with light green young growth; not free-flowering


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