In a Tangle

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  • <p>This plant emphatically speaks when situated in a structured courtyard/garden due to its distinctly contained dishevelment. Note the numerous interlacing branches and look out for seasonal and subtle, pale yellow and red-tipped flowers that occur in small clusters along the branchlets.</p>
  • <p>Pittosporum obdorcatum is very different from the usual Pittosporum. You will see on a young plant, it has small oval-shaped leaves, however, on a more mature plant, you will find that the leaf-shape morphs into a heart.</p>
  • <p>Exit the courtyard and continue down, toward the first curve in the pathway. Now stop at the bend and look up to your left.</p> <p>cdthr</p>
  • <p>Here is a fine example of P. obcordatum.</p><p>See how this Pittosporum grows naturally into a tall, column-like tree. It’s quite slow growing so very little pruning is needed. It will continue to grow like this for about 5-8 meters in height, forming quite a tidy column.</p><p>Reaching the central, circular path, veer left and immediately turn left again, stepping onto the concrete pavers. One, two, three, four pavers, then look across to your left.</p>

In contrast, for a low maintenance shrub that needs very little pruning, turn around and see if you can locate the tousled-looking columns.

Like Muehlenbeckia, the P. obcordatum is threatened from loss of natural habitat and changes to forest micro-climates. As a result, these divaricates have conservation value.

Pittosporum obcordatum