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Comments On - Ancient Pittosporums


Many hedges in my area are planted with pitts and few people ever see them in flower as they are trimmed about the time they should bloom, sad.
Carl, Livermore, CA
Posted: 2/12/2012 12:48:38 PM
Hi Judy,

Yes, I know. Pitts seem to have two phases of growth; the young phase, which lasts for maybe 25 years, and then the mature phase. In the young phase the angle of incidence for the branches seems to be much smaller, with the result that the plants have a more upright and bad haircut look, even for unpruned specimens. The gnarly, thicker side branches seem to arrive in the mature phase, along with the tidy crowning effect. I'm wondering what effect nurserymans' selection efforts have had over the years. It would be natural for propagators to select the faster growing and more upright plants for cutting stock, as those would be expected to produce taller container plants more rapidly, which would be considered by buyers as the superior plants. Perhaps there is a great variation in growth habit between the various cultivars, in such a way that these much older examples in Rapallo are from an older stock that has since been selected within to produce the straighter stemmed cultivars that we now see in US gardens and nurseries. ?

Hi David!
rick, rapallo, YT
Posted: 5/26/2011 8:08:52 AM
Rick, this looks nothing like the romantic & messy-habited mock orange shrub I had in an old Boston garden...
Judy, South Salem, NY
Posted: 5/24/2011 6:12:19 AM
Rick, this shrub really does look like it belongs in a Japanese garden. I have always like the gnarly look of a tree or shrub. It looks like it would be a perfect fit for a city with moderate climate. Unfortunately, Nebraska can be pretty harsh on both ends of the spectrum. From the pictures you have posted on this blog, your city looks to be beautiful to walk around the streets.

Have a great Rappallo day.
David, Omaha, NE
Posted: 5/21/2011 4:24:51 PM
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