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Podocarpus macrophyllus

Yew Pine
Podocarpaceae
Evergreen, Trees

PODOCARPUS

Podocarpus are versatile plants grown for their good-looking foliage and interesting form. They are adaptable to many climates and have many garden uses. Make good screens and background plants. Foliage generally resembles that of related yews (Taxus), but leaves of the better-known species are longer, broader, and lighter in color. If a male plant is growing nearby, female plants bear fruit after many years, producing small, fleshy fruits rather than cones. These grow well (if slowly) in most soils, but may develop chlorosis where soil is alkaline or heavy and damp. Some botanists divide the plants into three genera (Afrocarpus, Nageia, Podocarpus).

Podocarpus macrophyllus

Native to eastern China and Japan. Generally narrow and upright; grows to 15–50 ft. tall and 6–15 ft. wide. Bright green leaves are 4 in. long and 1/2 in. wide. Good as a street or lawn tree, screen, or large shrub; limber enough to espalier. Easily pruned as clipped hedge or topiary. Does well in large containers. Very heat-tolerant.

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