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help with pittosporum

Hi, all.
After previously selling me several pittosporums for a new flower bed I created, the garden shop's elderly gentleman employee informed me today that planting them where they would receive unfiltered, direct hot afternoon sunlight was a mistake. He said it would scorch them. I was under the impression that these plants tolerated and even thrived in hot climates in full sun. My neighbor has several in direct all day sunlight and hers are huge. I told the man this and his reply was that she might have better soil than me. Is it just me or would the issue of soil quality not apply in this case of light issues? Maybe he doesn't know what he is talking about, but he's good at convincing me that he knows what he is talking about. Any help here? I live in zone 8. This is the type of pittosporum that is green and waxy leafed, not variegated. Supposed to get about 5-6 ft tall.
P.S. My loropetalums are on the same side of the house also
receiving hot afternoon sun and they aren't scorched. Quite the contrary, they are growing great!
Thanks for any advice, it is appreciated. I am a novice gardener.

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Location: Chicago area

help with pittosporum

Hello gardening keeps me rooted. Ken here in the Chicago area.
The powers that be say partial shade in hottest climates for the
loros and full sun or part shade for the piittos.
Loropetalums are more sun sensitive than pittosporums so if your
loropetalums are doing fine in full sun then don't worry about
your pittosporums. You probably have a form of Pittosporum tobira.
Keep us posted on your success.

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