Golden Fragrance – Pittosporum napaulense
The skies may be threatening snow, but flower buds on our 15-gallon Pittosporum napaulense plants are promising the show below in a couple of weeks:
Golden fragrance is an evergreen, low-branching tree from the Himalayas (including Nepal as the species name indicates) that tolerates temperatures dropping occasionally into the low 20s Fahrenheit. Have you ever seen this tree in local gardens — or in the Himalayas?
Its glossy, deep green leaves remain pleasing even in phases when the tree is out of flower. Flowering can be quite extended in our cool-summer climate. We have seen it bloom in spring, summer and fall at the San Francisco Botanical Garden (Strybing Arboretum). The mind-boggling array of treats like this that we can enjoy in our climate always delights us.
Regular irrigation and normal drainage will make Pittosporum napaulense happy. Occasional applications of rich mulch or balanced fertilizer will keep it robust. Plant it near a window, door, deck or patio for maximum enjoyment of its luxuriant charms.
Come visit in the next few weeks to imbibe its fragrance.