With its rounded shape and low growing nature Pittosporum Green Pillar is ideal as a hedging plant or as a feature plant in a container. Although if left unpruned it can reach a height of 5m,it is usually pruned back to around 2- 3m which seems to be its best height. Flowers are insignificant.
As for spacing it depends a little on the density of the hedge required. For a dense hedge look at planting ‘Green Pillar’ at around 1m apart. Growth rate is fast, at .5 – .75m a year until maturity when Green Pillar seems to slow down a little.
Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘green pillar’ has pale green foliage and black stems and are are widely used as screening plants. A a screen spacing is best at between 1 and 1.2m to create a dense lush look in 3 – 4 years.
Available for sale online in tubes, also available in pots from 50 cm to 140 cm. Larger specimens to 3.5m in 100L pots are also available. Prices will vary depending on size and quantity, however generally ‘Green Pillar’ is available in a 140mm pot for a price of between $8 and $10. And in 250mm pots at around $35.
Pittosporum Green Pillar Care
A well drained soil is essential, in very sandy soils dig in some well rotted compost and manure before planting. A slow release fertiliser twice a year is usually adequate.
Full sun is best although part shade is OK. In deep shade ‘Green Pillar’ growth will not be a dense. Better suited to temperate climates than tropical areas. Prune regularly when young to create a dense growth.
- Height – Best height is 3 – 4 metres.
- Spread – Will spread to around 1.5 metres
- Position – Full sun to a little shade.
- Soil – Humus rich and well drained.
- Growth Rate – Regarded as fast.
- Spacing – Best between 1 and 1.5 metres
- Root system – The root system is shallow and not overly aggressive.
Sooty mould and mealy bugs can be a problem with Pittosporum Green Pillar however we have had no real issues.
For the best size for your landscaping application and for prices contact participating nurseries.
Pittosporum Green Pillar is available for sale from the following nurseries
55 McDougal Rd Neerim South Victoria 3831 PH: (03) 56281507
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