Icee Blue® Yellow-Wood
Icee Blue® Yellow-Wood
Podocarpus elongatus 'Monmal'Item #8655 USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 - 11
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The first podocarpus tree 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.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Slowly reaches 15 to 25 ft. tall and wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:pod-oh-KAR-pus ee-long-GAH-tusPlant type:TreeDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:Columnar, PyramidalGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slowly reaches 15 to 25 ft. tall and wide.Special features:Bird Friendly, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Tolerates Urban Pollution, Waterwise, Year-round InterestFoliage color:Blue-greenBlooms:InconspicuousDesign IdeasPodocarpus 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.Companion PlantsPhormium (Phormium); Hibiscus (Hibiscus); Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia); Loropetalum (Loropetalum); Agave (Agave)
- CareCare InformationProvide enriched, slightly acidic soil with good drainage. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Water deeply, less frequently once established. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory: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.Lore: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.
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