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From high altitude Taiwan and only introduced about 1980, this is a compact hardy evergreen shrub, closely related to P. davidiana, with narrower glossier leaves and more compact in form. Clusters of white flowers in summer turn to bright pinkish-red fruits en-masse in autumn, which often persist in to winter. For sun or semi-shade, it reaches perhaps 2m.
Photinia serratifolia ex Yunnan
A very handsome evergreen, large shrub or small tree with large leathery leaves. Big corymbs of white flowers in spring, followed by red fruit. Throughout the long growing season the foliage emerges bright coppery-red. Most unusual compared to its common-or-garden-centre fodder cousins. This is a form collected originally in W. Yunnan at 2050m alt.
Photinia sp. NJM 09.097
An evergreen shrub to small tree in the wild, with red berries in autumn and relatively slim foliage, collected form Fan Si Pan Mt., N. Vietnam at 2045m asl. Species unknown as yet, but it makes a relatively horizontally branched shrub. Try this in a sheltered spot.
Photinia villosa var. laevis
One of the finest plants we can grow for autumn colour, this Eastern Asian deciduous species forms a small tree with a wide spreading crown. Clusters of Hawthorn-like flowers in May are followed by bright red egg shaped fruits which add to the end of season display. Leaves turn to a dazzling orange, red or yellow in autumn. Not for thin chalk.
An Abutilon relative from Mexico, making a medium sized shrub with sumptuous deepest blood-red flowers with paler interiors, in this form. The petals are perfectly placed together to form a clean open funnel. The vine-like foliage is lightly hairy and slightly grey-green. Totally untouched by cold in a very frosty unheated polytunnel here, so obviously has some hardiness.
A very rare and ornamental Asian, small, hardy, easily grown tree with attractive pinnate foliage turning bright yellow, orange or scarlet in autumn, contrasting with the bunches of pea-sized fruit that start red and turn metallic slate-blue.
The 'Big cone pine' from California not only has superb grey-green needles up to 30cm long, but also produces the heaviest cones of any pine. The huge woody, strikingly thorny cones weigh up to 2kg and are a feature in themselves, especially on the mantelpiece. Makes a bold specimen, usually attaining a medium tree size here with dense foliage.
A gorgeous Mexican pine with the most beautiful drooping, fairly long bright-green needles, hanging from the branches in curtains. The bark is reddish brown and the branches wide spreading, though the tree is never very large in this country. So wonderful I've planted one in the nursery in a prominent position. Perfectly hardy, but not in the very coldest areas.
Pistacia terebinthus NJM 10.004
A collection of the Chian turpentine Tree from SW Turkey, where this drought tolerant large shrub or small tree was found at the southernmost edge of the Taurus mountains at approx 1000m alt. For full sun and well drained soil, where autumn colour of the pinnate foliage should be a beautiful pale orange-red. Very succesful at Glasnevin BG, Dublin.
A large evergreen shrub from China and Taiwan, with bold leathery foliage up to 23cm long and dense rounded clusters of sweetly scented, soft-yellow, small flowers in spring. Hardy, even through very hard winters, but enjoys a little shelter. Given a few decades and a good site this can reach small tree size. Rarely encountered.
An evergreen Chinese species, very rarely seen in cultivation, up to 1.8m high with dark green foliage, tapered at both ends, and very fragrant soft yellow flowers seen in May. Seed capsules split to reveal bright red seeds in autumn. For a sheltered position, though actually really rather hardy.
An unusual S.W. Chinese species with slim evergreen foliage and clusters of sweetly scented cream and softest yellow flowers in early summer. Makes a bushy shrub to about 2m high, hardy in most areas; the Asian members of this genus are usually hardier than their Australasian counterparts. Best in sun.
Pittosporum illicioides var. angustifolium
From the mountain forests of Taiwan, this extremely elegant evergreen shrub is one of the finer introductions of recent years. Long very thin dark green leaves up to 20cm in length arch out from the stems and reach their longest in light shade, though the plant is happy in full sun. Fragrant pale yellow flowers on long thin curved stalks in June. To about 2m tall?
Pittosporum illicioides var. illicioides PAB 9004
Found by us on Shirui Peak, Manipur, NE India at nearly 2400m asl, this evergreen made medium sized shrubs with Celastrus-like seed heads splitting to reveal orange seeds in autumn. These were preceded by clusters of highly fragrant, evening scented pale-yellow flowers in June. This variety has ovate foliage. For a sheltered position.
Pittosporum omeiensis VdL 80626
A collection by Harry van de Lar on Emei shan, Sichuan, China. This evergreen shrub has dark shiny green oblanceolate foliage clustered towards the ends of the branchlets. Terminal clusters of sweetly scented yellow flowers are seen in summer. Proven hardy to considerable cold in a reasonably sheltered position, grow this in sun or semi-shade.
Pittosporum parvilimbum (new)
New to cultivation in the UK and another Pan Global' introduction, this hardy species form China is rather different and particularly elegant. Very slim, dainty evergreen foliage clothes an open large shrub, with clusters of long stalked pale yellow sweetly scented flowers seen in early summer. Proven tough in the USA, grow this in full sun or semi-shade.
Pittosporum ralphii 'Variegatum'
A surprisingly hardy medium sized, slow growing, evergreen shrub from New Zealand with grey-green leaves broadly margined with creamy-white. Clusters of dark crimson flowers with yellow anthers contrast with the foliage in summer. For any well drained soil in sun. Very rarely offered for sale.
Pittosporum tobira 'Tall 'n' Tough'
A selected very hardy form of this medium sized evergreen shrub from the Far East made at the JC Raulston arboretum, North Carolina. This will grow 2m x 2m. Dark green glossy foliage is obscured in summer by the highly fragrant, orange-blossom scented creamy white flowers, turning yellow as they age. Drought tolerant. Hardy to at least -17 degrees.
Pretty new on the scene, this hardy woody member of the Hydrangea family hails from Japan and China and in flower shows affinities to Philadelphus and Deutzia. A small deciduous shrub up to about a metre or more high, with long slim willowy leaves and terminal clusters of white flowers with a large boss of yellow stamen. For sun or semi-shade.
Pleiosorbus megacarpus (new)
Virtually unknown in cultivation, this was found originally by Kingdon Ward and described as Eriobotrya wardii, though is a far cry from E. japonica. This Eastern Himalayan is usually epiphytic but can be terrestrial. Usually a large shrub/small tree, though can be larger, with large ovate foliage turning fiery red in autumn. Conical heads of white flower and huge brown fruit.
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