Pittosporum tenuifolium Tom Thumb
Pittosporum tenuifolium Tom Thumb
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Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Tom Thumb'

The perfect combination of colour and texture make 'Tom Thumb' the perfect specimen plant for your garden.
  • Grown for its dramatic foliage, the marbled leaves of 'Tom Thumb' are carried on striking black stems.
  • Lighter new growth looks like a light green candle flame as it contrasts delightfully with the older foliage.
  • A compact evergreen, the deep purple, crinkled leaves will form a neat mound with very little effort on your part.
  • One of the hardiest pittosporums, perfect in a gravel garden or container.
  • Supplied as an established plant in a 9cm pot, ready for immediate planting.

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Grown for its dramatic foliage, the marbled leaves of Pittosporum 'Tom Thumb' are carried on striking black stems. One of the hardiest pittosporums, it is perfect in a gravel garden or container to which its compact shape is ideally suited.

A rounded evergreen, the deep purple, crinkled leaves will form a neat mound with very little effort on your part. Very much on trend to cut for indoor flower arrangements, its lighter new growth looks almost like a light green candle flame as it contrasts delightfully with the darker stems.

Easy to grow, this is a plant fully deserving of its Award of Garden Merit, as accolade given out by the RHS to give you the assurance that his plant has been rigorously tested and declared garden worthy!

Supplied as an established plant in a 9cm pot ready for immediate planting, 'Tom Thumb' will reach approx. 50cm x 50cm in 10 years.

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Supplied as an established plant in a 9cm pot ready for immediate planting.

Plant Care Information

RHS Garden Merit
RHS Garden Merit
Scented / Fragrant
Scented / Fragrant
Perfect In Pots
Perfect In Pots
Plant In Sunshine
Plant In Sunshine
Winter Hardy
Winter Hardy
Cut Flower
Cut Flower
Easy To Grow
Easy To Grow

Top Tips

Pair with ornamental grasses for perfect contrast or other dramatic foliage plants such as choisya ternata 'Sundance' for striking colour combinations. Looks delightful with oranges and purples too.

Care Information

Planting Advice:

  • Grow Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Tom Thumb’ in a sunny, sheltered site in well-drained soil.  Protect from frost and winds.
  • Dig a planting hole 3 x wider than the roots of the shrub you're planting and mix some well-rotted compost or manure with the soil from the hole and use this to re-fill one the shrub is in place.
  • We've found that a square hole is better than a round one as the new roots, once they reach the edges tend to grow in a circle round the circumference of the hole whereas when they reach the corners of a square hole, they find it easier to grow through.
  • Before planting soak container-grown shrubs thoroughly and allow to drain.
  • Remove the plant from its pot and tease out a few of the roots.
  • Add Mycorrhizal fungi to the roots when planting to help plants establish quicker.
  • Place your shrub in the hole at the same level at the pot then refill the hole with the earth removed (backfilling).
    Firm in the soil with your heel, avoiding the root ball then water well.
  • Mulch around the base of the plant with a collar, compost, gravel, bark etc.
  • If you’re planting into pots, place some old rocks, stones or gravel in the bottom of the pot for drainage and ballast.
  • Use the best compost you can buy and some sand or grit for drainage.

Aftercare advice:

  • Keep plants well-watered while they establish, especially if planted up in a pot.
  • Hardy to -5°C, protect from cold winds as it is these that tend to cause the most damage to young plants.

 Pruning Advice:

Pittosporum require no special pruning; only occasional maintenance is needed to remove any growth that has been damaged over winter.

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Fully Grown Plant Dimensions (approx)

Plant Dimensions
100 cm
100 cm
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