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PODOCARPUS macrophyllus

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James H. Schutte

Family

Podocarpaceae

Botanical Name

PODOCARPUS macrophyllus

Plant Common Name

Yew Pine

Special Notice

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General Description

Yew pine is a versatile small to large tree perfect for hot humid regions. Its feathery branches are covered with long, narrow lance-like evergreen leaves. 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.

Yew pine can be treated as a hedge, topiary or espalier or its lower branches can be pruned to form an attractive small tree. This tough plant thrives in the most adverse conditions, tolerating a wide range of soil types, although very alkaline or mucky soils may cause nutrient deficiencies. In northern climates yew pine can be grown in a sunny solarium or in containers that are rolled outside during the summer. The cultivar 'Maki' is particularly good for container culture and in smaller landscapes.

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

  • Height

    30'-50' / 9.1m - 15.2m

  • Width

    20'-25' / 6.1m - 7.6m

  • 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, Salt, Soil Compaction

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, 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

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

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No