• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Reaches 8 -10 ft. tall, 3 - 4 ft. wide in ten years.
    Key Feature:
    Deer Resistant
    Does not flower
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:poh-doh-KAR-pus mak-roh-FIL-us
    Plant type:Tree
    Growth habit:Columnar, Narrow, Pyramidal
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Reaches 8 -10 ft. tall, 3 - 4 ft. wide in ten years.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Does not flower
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Tropical
    Design IdeasTall, narrow form means this plant works well in narrow city side yards. Also works well along backyard fence lines to block undesirable views. Small enough for courtyards and walled gardens, use as a corner element or treat as a semiformal green column. Very adaptable to contemporary or Asian-inspired themes. A lifesaver on deep, narrow lots and as a columnar divider to separate multistory homes. Grow this tree with other plants that offer similar easy care requirements.
    Companion PlantsIndian Hawthorne (Rhaphiolepis); Escallonia (Escallonia); Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus); Evergreen Daylily (Hemerocallis); Dwarf Crape Myrtle (Lagestroemia indica)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a formal appearance, shear 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
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    In California these plants have been planted under eaves of new homes since the end of World War II, despite the fact they are too large for such applications.