Podocarpus graciliorItem #6640 USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 - 11
A beautiful evergreen tree with dense pendant branches and soft gray-green, narrow leaves that create a soft, graceful effect. Lush foliage has a fern-like appearance. A wonderful shade tree for landscape perimeters. Great for containers, topiary and indoor use.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growth to 50 ft. tall, 25 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:poh-doh-KAR-pus GRAS-i-lisPlant type:TreeDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:8, 9, 13 - 24Growth habit:RoundGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growth to 50 ft. tall, 25 ft. wide.Special features:Deer Resistant, Easy Care, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance, Waterwise, Year-round InterestFoliage color:Gray-greenBlooms:InconspicuousGarden styleTropicalDesign IdeasFew trees offer such lovely color and soft cloud-like foliage. Grow as a beautiful street tree in warmer climates. Try it as a year-round screen on property lines or against poor views of industrial or commercial areas. Good single shade tree for front or backyard, but avoid planting in lawns. Most compatible as a single specimen with semitropical landscapes. Also great as contrast against the bright stucco walls of modern or postmodern architecture. Also makes a good container-grown topiary tree for formal landscaping around porches or patios and entries. Do not plant Podocarpus under the eaves of houses; they will easily outgrow the roof.Companion PlantsIndian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis); Escallonia (Escallonia); Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus); Evergreen Daylily (Hemerocallis); Dwarf Crape Myrtle (Lagestroemia indica)
- CareCare InformationAvoid planting in lawns. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system.Tolerates some drought, when established. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Smaller size easily maintained with occasional pruning.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:This is an unusual genus of plants that is closely related to conifers but is in its own family, the Podocarpaceae. The genus was classified by French botanist Charles L'Hertier de Brutelle, 1746-1800, who named it from the Greek for foot and fruit to describe its large berries. The genus contains about 90 species confined mainly to the Southern, Hemisphere, and this species is native to tropical Africa. It was classified by the German Robert Pilger in the early 20th century. This is likely among the plants in Carl Thunberg's collected data 18th century botanical data published in Flora Capensis. This plant may actually be synonymous with P. elongata, also from South Africa because references often interchange the common name.