• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slowly reaches 15 to 25 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Foliage Color
    Conifer; prized for foliage.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:pod-oh-KAR-pus ee-long-GAH-tus
    Plant type:Tree
    Growth habit:Columnar, Pyramidal
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slowly reaches 15 to 25 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Blue-green
    Blooms:Conifer; prized for foliage.
    Design 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); Loropetalum (Loropetalum); Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia); Agave (Agave)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide enriched, slightly acidic, well-drained soil. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.
    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
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    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.


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