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Fern Podocarpus

Podocarpus gracilior

Pronunciation: poh-doh-KAR-pus
SKU #06640

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Description 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. Very well-adapted to urban settings; roots rarely lift or cause problems. Great for containers, topiary and indoor use. This dioecious conifer is grown from seed so we can not guarantee if a plant purchased will be male or female.
Light Full sun, Partial sun
Watering Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.
Blooms Conifer; prized for foliage.
Mature Size Reaches 40 to 50 ft. tall, 25 ft. wide; keep smaller with regular pruning.
Deciduous/Evergreen Evergreen
Special Features Easy Care, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance, Waterwise
Growth Rate Moderate
Growth Habit Rounded
Landscape Use Container, Espalier, Privacy Screen, Windbreak
Design Ideas Few 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.
Foliage Color Gray-green
Companion Plants Crossvine (Bignonia); Indian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis); Daylily (Hemerocallis); Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus); Dwarf Crape Myrtle (Lagestroemia indica)
Care Thrives in average, well-drained soils. Water deeply, regularly in first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates mild drought. Apply a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. May be pruned periodically to maintain a smaller stature.

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