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PODOCARPUS macrophyllus 'Maki'

Image of Podocarpus macrophyllus 'Maki'

Mark A. Miller

Family

Podocarpaceae

Botanical Name

PODOCARPUS macrophyllus 'Maki'

Plant Common Name

Maki Yew Pine

General Description

Shrubby yew pine is a versatile large shrub or small tree for hot humid regions. Its feathery branches are covered with shorter, narrow lance-like evergreen leaves that are smaller than the species. This native of Japan and China is dioecious, meaning plants are either male or female. If pollinated, the female plants will display attractive clusters of blue and purple fruits near branch tips. 'Maki' has a dense, upright form.

'Maki' yew pine can be treated as a hedge, topiary or espalier, perhaps second to none for any of these applications. This tough plant thrives in the most adverse conditions, tolerating a wide range of light exposures and soils. Very alkaline or heavy soils may cause nutrient deficiencies and in general this plant loathes very wet soil. In cold climates shrubby yew pine can be grown in a sunny solarium or in containers that are rolled outside during the summer.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 7

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    20'-35' / 6.1m - 10.7m

  • Width

    10'-15' / 3.0m - 4.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    China, Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Pollution, Drought, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Pyramidal

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    Yellow

  • Fruit Color

    Purple, Light Blue

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Sienna

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Exfoliating

  • Usage

    Container, Foundation, Hedges, Screening / Wind Break, Shade Trees, Street Trees, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No