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Pittosporum - Wheeler's Dwarf / Size 1
Wheeler's Dwarf Pittosporum

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Product Code: PITWDF1

Pittosporum tobira 'Wheeler's Dwarf'

Overall Description

When we had introduced the Glen Compact Pittosporum, our intention was to try & find a Pittosporum variety with the beautiful dark, glossy, deep green leaves that we found so attractive on fuller sized Pittosporum varieties..........but in a smaller, tighter, and more compact package. And Glen Compact is exactly that!! But then.......we came across the Wheeler's Dwarf variety of Pittosporum. It takes the "compact package" trait to a whole new level, lol.

Wheeler's Dwarf is even more compact, with a much shorter distance between branching nodes, which leads to even tighter branching habit. It also tops out at a smaller mature size than Glen's Compact, making it an excellent dwarf sized Pittosporum to consider for areas that are challenged in terms of the amount of room given to work with. While I would probably still give an edge in overall foliage quality to Glen's Compact, the wonderfully tight compact dwarf growth habit of Wheeler's Dwarf just can't be beat. We will continue to grow / offer both of these great Pittosporum varieties, as we feel both are excellent choices and both have a place in landscapes throughout the more temperate regions of the country. It all just comes down to the amount of room a customer has to work with as to just which Pittosporum variety would be the very best fit for their landscape project. Can't go wrong with either one of 'em in my opinion!!

Works great as a foreground planting, low growing hedge, or groundcover..............even makes a perfect container plant. Works very well in areas that receive a fair bit of shade - would prefer a 50 / 50 mix of shade & sun if it had it's choice, lol. But very versatile, and will adapt to mostly sun, or mostly shade locations.

Plant Facts & Specifications

--Mature Height : 3 - 3 1/2 ft ( if left untrimmed )

--Mature Width : 3 - 4 ft ( if left untrimmed )

--Growth Rate :
Slow to Moderate ( 3" - 5" avg per yr )

--Hardiness Zones :
7 - 10 will suffer some branch / foliage damage at temps below 5 degrees.

--Sun Exposure :
Full sun to partial shade

--Soil Preference :
Average to moist & fertile - well drained with plenty of organic matter is preferred. Mulching also strongly recommended for best results.

--Foliage Color & Texture :
Evergreen Broadleaf - slightly shorter, chubbier than other pittosporums, and extremely glossy with a leathery sort of texture. Mature foliage is a nice dark green - newest growth is a lighter green.

--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
Clusters of creamy yellow / white bell shaped flowers are formed & displayed during spring. Flowers are quite fragrant. Flowers are followed by 1/4" pear shaped seed capsules if pollinated.

--Diseases / Insects :
A very tough & durable plant....with the only reported issues being an occasional bout with leaf spot or mealy bugs. But that is extremely rare.

--Recommended Spacing :
2 feet apart for hedge type planting - widen spacing to approx 4 - 4 1/2 ft apart for foundation or foreground plantings where distinction between individual shrubs is desired.

--Deer Resistance Rating :
Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 -3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance

--Fertilization / Feeding :
For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.

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