bonsai - Knowledgebase Question

Louisville, Co
Question by jwarren7155
November 18, 2009
we got a bonsai plant that looks to be a pittosporum variety. the leaves are healthy and green but are curled downward. any idea if this is a problem or normal? I don't think they were curled downward when we received the plant. Thanks


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Answer from NGA
November 18, 2009

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Actually, I think what you are seeing is normal. The leathery leaves are glossy on the top with undersides that are lighter and have a dull surface. These very ornamental leaves reach a length of from The leathery leaves are glossy on the top with undersides that are lighter and have a dull surface. These very ornamental leaves reach a length of from 1-5 in and up to 1 in wide with edges that recurve (curl down and inward). They are arranged alternately in a whorl around the stem, an arrangement that provides dense foliage which I think enhances the plant's interest and attractiveness. As long as your pittosporum is putting out new growth, it's probably healthy and happy. The recurving leaves are normal for pittosporum.

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