Karo

Pittosporum crassifolium

Pittosporum crassifolium (Karo) - full view

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Pittosporum crassifolium (Karo) - leaves

Foliage detail

  • Size:

    Height: 25'; Spread: 20'

  • Growth:

    Fast

  • Character:

    Evergreen; upright, round canopy.

  • Foliage:

    Gray-green, leathery, obovate leaves, 1-2".

  • Flower:

    Small, fragrant, bell-shaped, maroon flowers in late spring.

  • Fruit:

    Green to gray, dehiscent, 1.5" capsules.

  • Bark:

    Rough, light gray.

  • Watering:

    In general, 15-20 gallons per week for the first 2 years; 15-20 gallons twice a month for the 3rd year; as needed after 3 years (varies by soil, sun, and wind conditions).

  • Tree Care:

    Moderate. Early pruning needed to train a good shape; pruning needed less frequently with age.

  • Tolerance:

    Drought (once established), any soil, some shade, coastal conditions, and high winds.

  • Special Considerations:

    Susceptible to aphids and scale. Fruit litter.

  • Notable Traits:

    Native to New Zealand. Beautiful and fragrant flowers in spring.