• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Best with regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow growing; reaches 15 to 20 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide, larger with age.
    Key Feature:
    Deer Resistant Hedge Plant
    Conifer; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:poh-doh-KAR-pus mak-roh-FIL-us
    Plant type:Tree
    Sunset climate zones:4 - 9, 12 - 24
    Growth habit:Columnar, Narrow, Pyramidal
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow growing; reaches 15 to 20 ft. tall, 6 to 8 ft. wide, larger with age.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Conifer; prized for foliage.
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Tropical
    Design IdeasWith its dense, upright form, this Podocarpus can become a columnar corner plant. Line them up, with spaces in between, as a repeating element behind traditional perennial borders. Plant as a solid hedge for a manicured privacy screen along property lines and side yards. In warm-winter climates, it makes a great evergreen background that can be shaped to your needs. Excellent choice for front yards needing separation between multistory buildings.
    Companion PlantsKohuhu (Pittosporum); Loropetalum (Loropetalum); Abelia (Abelia); Phormium (Phormium); Hebe (Hebe); Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide enriched, slightly acidic, well-drained soil. Follow regular watering schedule during first few growing seasons to establish a deep, extensive root system. Performs best with regular water or environmental humidity, but tolerates some drought. Feed in early spring before new growth emerges. Prune annually to shape.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Best with regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    This is a valuable plant native to Japan and southern China.This genus was conferred by French botanist Charles L'Hertier de Brutelle, 1746-1800, either from specimens provided by Thunberg from Japan or more likely those sent west by French Catholic missionaries in China. The species was described but misclassified by Carl Thunberg in the 18th century as a yew under Taxus macrophylla. It also went by P. longifolia for awhile. Scots botanist David Don, 1799-1841 accurately classified the plants as P. macrophyllus to describe its notably long leaf shape.
    The tree is grown in China for its religious symbolism related to its appearance which suggests the lohans, followers of Buddha, often depicted on temple walls. Therefore aged specimens of this "lohan pine" tree are frequently found on temple grounds.