The first Podocarpus with distinctive blue foliage! New growth is lime-gray-blue maturing to a cool gray-blue-green on this excellent specimen, lawn or screen tree. One of the most beautiful and decorative pyramidal conifers for the South.
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.
Podocarpus makes a superior specimen tree providing year around shade for patios and terraces. Evergreen foliage is ideal screening mechanism against neighbor's second story windows. Nearly litter free tree for swimming pool areas and vehicular conditions such as driveways, parkways and streetside boulevards. With pruning it is a superior choice for smaller suburban gardens and may benefit from canopy thinning for ideal mix of filtered shade.
Over one hundred species constitute the genus Podocarpus, a name translated as fruit-foot to describe the fleshy fruit stalk described by an early plant explorer. This genus is a conifer and often confused with yews, genus Taxus due to the many interchangable common names. Asian species constitute the majority of Podocarpus grown today. This South African native has produced few cultivars and is a relative newcomer to the nursery industry. This species was developed and introduced by Monrovia in 2004.
Known as yellowwood, P. elongatus is so prized for timber in its homeland South Africa it became the national tree. Its habitat is in riverbeds, surviving much like American cottonwoods on residual moisture deep underground in the dry season.