ONCE A MONTH WE WILL HIGHLIGHT A PLANT THAT IS BOTH SUITABLE AND STYLISH FOR THE TRADITIONAL AUCKLAND GARDEN. THIS MONTH OUR PLANT IS : 

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Pittosporum crassifolium : Karo

Commonly called ‘Karo’, this unique New Zealand native shrub was generally originally found at the top half of the North Island, although now it has naturalised throughout the country and overseas in Norfolk Island and Hawaii. This shrub occurs naturally in lowland and coastal forests.

Pittosporum crassifolium ‘Karo’ has dense dark gray-green leathery leaves that are furry underneath,and is able to withstand high coastal winds and salt spray. Clusters of small red-purple flowers appear in spring, developing into seed pods that split to expose the sticky seeds.

A good choice for hedging and informal topiary, this shrub can add a little understated form and style to a contemporary setting.