Friday, August 5, 2011

Photo - Silver Sheen Pittosporum (Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Silver Sheen')

This shrub is a terrific screening plant, rapidly
growing up to 10 feet tall x 3 feet wide.
Photo by Doug Kalal, taken at a client's garden in Del Mar.

7 comments:

  1. Hi, I want to grow tall shrubs (8'+) or small trees that can become a hedge as soon as possible. Between silver sheen and purple hopseed bush (Dodonaea viscosa 'Purpurea), which one grows faster? Can I plant two purple hopseed bushes only 2 feet apart? And another two feet apart with Brunfelsia australis (or Floribunda)? My goal is to make them grow above my 6 feet wall. Thanks! - from Southern California

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  2. The Silver Sheen Pittosporum is the faster grower. I have also planted Hopseed Bushes close together to make a hedge. The Hopseed Bush is much wider so it depends on how much horizontal space you have.

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  3. Thanks for your reply. I'm comparing Silver Sheen with Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Oliver Twist' and "Silver Star" for planting between a tristania conferta and an 8' palm. There's about 7 feet in between. We plan to keep the tristania from growing large. Reason for wanting to fill up the space between the trees is lack of privacy. I hope to have a fast screening plant. At least 8' tall. Oliver Twist looks more of a moderate size compared to silver sheen, but wonder about its growth rate and how much density it is. Thanks!!

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  4. Hi again, sorry, I meant to also ask about Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Wrinkled Blue'. I'm somewhat familiar with silver sheen and silver magic, and would appreciate your opinions in terms of *growth rate* and *density* between silver sheen, wrinkled blue, oliver twist, and silver star, based on my previous message. Thanks again.

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  6. Will silversheen grow in 1 ft deep soil? How many small bushes of them do I need for 45 ft of space?

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  7. Newly planted pittosporums. 3 weeks. How much should i water and and how long between watering?

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