Help needed with identification

Can anyone help us identify a shrub, which we have growing in the garden here? It seems to be relatively common here in West Sussex. Our daughter has a very tall specimen growing in her garden and earlier in the year it seemed to have small flowers that were almost black in colour. Our example is about six feet tall and about 3 feet wide. The photo below shows the rather interesting glossy striped leaves. We’d be grateful for any suggestions as to what this tree might be.

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5 Responses to “Help needed with identification”

  1. Anne says:

    It looks like a Pittosporum to me. Are the leaves very glossy and small?. It can grow into a large tree and is loved by flower arrangers

  2. Helen Melvin says:

    Hi Jenny might be a Pittasprrum – I had in London in a very sheltered spot -it is very pretty.Not dye plant as afar as I know.
    I have just got my new copy of Wild Colour as my original copy got badly damaged. I am so glad it is back in print.

  3. india flint says:

    definitely a Pittosporum. they’re native to New Zealand and enjoy a cool climate.

  4. Rachael Brown says:

    Just to add to the general consensus…..it is a Pittosporum. Generally hardy in the south. Flower arrangers use the foliage as ‘filler’ but I don’t think it is a dye plant.

  5. Karen says:

    I’ve definitely dyed with this many times. Use alum + CoT – 20 yrs ago used copper.
    It was one of the plants that I used when I had a dyeing session with my nieces, nephew, brother and sister. We used what was about to be educational. My mother then knitted the children hats!