Pittosporum tenuifolium
(Kohuhu, Black Matipo)

Pittosporum tenuifolium
(Kohuhu, Black Matipo)

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Foliage Colour: Green
Growth Rate: Fast
Mature Height: 6 m
Mature Width: 3 m
Site Condition: Coastal, Exposed, Frost Tolerant, Heavy Soil, Loamy Soil, Sandy Soil, Salty, Windy
Sun: Full Sun, Part Shade
Drainage: Dry, Moist
Category: Tree
Features: Native. Suitable for hedging or shelter. Attractive to birds, insects and bees. Flower colour: Black. Fruit colour: Black. Suitable restoration species.

Pittosporum tenuifolium, Kohuhu, commonly called Black Matipo, is endemic and widespread throughout New Zealand. It is an extremely popular, adaptable and fast growing. Shiny light-green foliage with wavy margins and reddish brown branchlets. Fragrant dark red flowers in spring. Excellent plant for hedging and shelter. Tolerates wind, drought, frost, coastal conditions. A key species for forest revegetation and also a useful riparian edge plant. Kōhūhū grows particularly quickly at forest edges located at the bottom of high terraces. Sun or shade. Hardy. Evergreen.

The flowers’ colour ranges from dark-red to dark-purple turning almost black as the flowers age.  Nectar fills the flowers. The flowers exude a honey-scented fragrance in the evenings with the scent being more obvious in slightly damp conditions. This attracts moths and night-flying insects, New Zealand’s indigenous pollinators. Fertilised flowers develop into small fruits that blacken as they ripen.

Habitat: A small tree of coastal to montane shrubland and forested habitats. Preferring successional habitats.

Flowering: Spring - Summer [October - January]
Fruiting:    Autumn [February - May]

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