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Podocarpus macrophyllus

This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
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Description

This is an evergreen conifer shrub or narrow, conical tree that grows well in coastal NC. In colder regions, it can be used as a container plant to be brought in from the outdoors during the winter months.  It adapts well to shearing so that it is sometimes used in topiary design. Its tolerance for low light allows for good growth in brightly lit rooms as a houseplant.  You may see this plant in commercial buildings such as offices or shopping malls, growing under sky lights.  Where it is winter hardy, it can be grown as a large hedge or screen.  The foliage is pleasantly fragrant when crushed.  The plant is tolerant of shade but intolerant of wet soils.  Although it is non-flowering, the pollen cones are yellowish and elongated; the seeds are light blue and fleshy, and the stalk is enlarged and red.  Children may be tempted to eat the fleshy seeds which resemble fruits and are poisonous.

 

 

 

Podocarpus macrophyllus var. maki  is a slow growing smaller version of the species (height of no more than 6-8’ in 10 years).  It has shorter needles (to 3” long) and a narrow, dense, upright habit. Var. maki makes an excellent houseplant that can easily be kept in the 4-5’ tall range through regular pruning.

Regions: Coastal

Seasons of Interest:

 Foliage: Winter, evergreen

Wildlife Value:  Birds are attracted to the fruits.  Particularly resistant to damage by deer.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  No serious insect or disease problems. Indoor plants may develop scale. Chlorosis (yellowing of the leaves) occurs in alkaline soils.

Compare this Plant to: Podocarpus macrophyllus var. maki

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#evergreen#birds#small tree#houseplant#container plant#wildlife plant#conifer#shade tolerant#low maintenance#winter interest#hedge#topiary#fragrant foliage#cpp#deer resistant#screens
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#evergreen#birds#small tree#houseplant#container plant#wildlife plant#conifer#shade tolerant#low maintenance#winter interest#hedge#topiary#fragrant foliage#cpp#deer resistant#screens
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Podocarpus
    Species:
    macrophyllus
    Family:
    Podocarpaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China, Japan
    Wildlife Value:
    Birds are attracted to the fruit
    Edibility:
    Fruits may be eaten out of hand or added to pies, cakes, and jellies.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 15 ft. 0 in. - 20 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 6 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Edible
    Poisonous
    Shrub
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Columnar
    Pyramidal
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Leathery
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves yew-like, leathery, narrow, dark green with lighter midrib. Arranged in dense spirals.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Landscape Theme:
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Hedge
    Screen/Privacy
    Attracts:
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
  • Poison:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Unidentified
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Seeds