Pittosporum are large evergreen shrubs which are fast-growing when young. They are grown for their glossy green foliage, bearing oblong-ovate, wavy-edged leaves. In late spring and early summer, Pittosporum reveal bell-shaped, dark red flowers which have a honey scent, these flowers are followed by grey-black capsules. Pittosporums are ideally planted in fertile, well drained soil in a border or as a low hedge. If being used as a hedging plant, they should be trimmed into shape in spring or summer. If planted in a border, these shrubs are best trimmed in late winter or early spring, removing any crossing shoots. This encourages healthy re-growth.