Podocarpus graciliorItem #6640 USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 - 11
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.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Reaches 40 to 50 ft. tall, 25 ft. wide; often pruned to maintain smaller size.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:poh-doh-KAR-pusPlant type:TreeDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:8, 9, 13 - 24Growth habit:RoundedGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Reaches 40 to 50 ft. tall, 25 ft. wide; often pruned to maintain smaller size.Special features:Easy Care, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance, Tolerates Urban Pollution, Waterwise, Year-round InterestFoliage color:Gray-greenBlooms:Conifer; prized for foliage.Design IdeasFew 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.Companion PlantsCrossvine (Bignonia); Indian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis); Daylily (Hemerocallis); Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus); Dwarf Crape Myrtle (Lagestroemia indica)
- CareCare InformationThrives in average, well-drained soils. Water deeply and regularly during the first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates mild drought. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. May be pruned periodically to maintain desired stature.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
- History & LoreHistory:This is an unusual genus of plants that is closely related to conifers but is in its own family, the Podocarpaceae. The genus was classified by French botanist Charles L'Hertier de Brutelle, 1746-1800, who named it from the Greek for foot and fruit to describe its large berries. The genus contains about 90 species confined mainly to the Southern, Hemisphere, and this species is native to tropical Africa. It was classified by the German Robert Pilger in the early 20th century. This is likely among the plants in Carl Thunberg's collected data 18th century botanical data published in Flora Capensis. This plant may actually be synonymous with P. elongata, also from South Africa because references often interchange the common name.