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PODOCARPUS henkelii

Image of Podocarpus henkelii

James H. Schutte

Family

Podocarpaceae

Botanical Name

PODOCARPUS henkelii

Plant Common Name

Falcate Yellowwood, Henkel's Yellowwood

Special Notice

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General Description

With shiny green foliage that looks like small sickles, Henkel's yellowwood adds a fine-texture to the landscape, either as a specimen, allee or hedgerow. Hailing from the moist highlands of eastern and southern Africa, this tall slow-growing evergreen tree has gray-brown to tan bark that is fissured, exfoliated with great age to reveal a reddish brown underlayer.

The shiny green to dark blue-green leaves are flat but narrow. Each blade has pointed ends, "rolled-under" edges, is often curved and droops from the branch. Young leaves emerge lighter green and soft. Plants are dioecious - either being male or female. There are no flowers but cones are produced: male cones are small and erect and pink-tinted while the rounder female cones bear the yellow-green seeds.

Grow Henkel's yellowwood in deep, fertile loamy or sandy soils that are moist for best growth, although it tolerates drier and clay soils but then grows more slowly. Full to partial sun exposures are required. Use it as a specimen tree in a yard or park, lining a street or collectively in a tall hedgerow. While young it is good for container culture.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 7

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 12

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    30'-50' / 9.1m - 15.2m

  • Width

    15'-20' / 4.6m - 6.1m

  • Native To

    Eastern Africa, Southern Africa

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    None

  • Fruit Color

    Yellow Green, Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green, Sea Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Light Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Tan, Sandy Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    Yes

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Fissured

  • Usage

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Screening / Wind Break, Shade Trees, Street Trees, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes