Pittosporum tobira 'Wheeler's Dwarf'

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Pittosporum tobira (Wheeler's Dwarf Pittosporum)

Wheeler's Dwarf Pittosporum

Wheeleri Pittosporum, also known as 'Wheeler's Dwarf' Pittosporum, is a 3- to 4-foot-tall, evergreen shrub that is rounded in form. This shrub will form a low, compact mound of dark green foliage. The thick, leathery leaves of this plant are about 4 inches long. These glossy, dark green leaves have revolute margins and very short, nearly inconspicuous petioles. The flowers of Pittosporum are not noticeable, and this plant produces no fruit. This plant is considered mostly allergy free and causes little or no allergy problems in most people. This plant is wonderful for the front of shrub borders, and it is ideal for patios and terraces. It should not be planted next the or along a foundation because it does not tolerate poor drainage. Wheeler's Dwarf Pittosporum lends itself well to raised planters and containers and will provide a lovely background for annual beds. It makes a suitable tall ground cover planted on 4-foot-centers. I have observed healthy plants most frequently along the coast where the wind helps keep the foliage and soils dry. Inland plantings of this cultivar in humid climates do not appear to last very long. Any dry climate with irrigation supports this plant well. Plants grow best along the coast where salt and wind and dry soils keep diseases at bay. Only plants in full sun and moist to dry soil perform well away from the coast. This cultivar stays small like a tall ground cover. Plants make good low hedges. Micronutrient deficiencies become obvious on soils with a high pH.

2-4 Feet


3-6 Feet


USDA Hardiness Zone 8B to 11

Characteristics & Attributes

Partial Sun/Shade
Growth Rate
Soil Moisture Needs
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