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Chinese Podocarpus Podocarpus macrophyllus var. maki

Other Common Name(s):

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pod-oh-KAR-pus mak-roh-FIL-us var maw-KEE
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Podocarpus is an evergreen tree or shrub that works well as a specimen, hedge or screen.  It grows in sun to shade, and prefers well-drained soil. It does not tolerate wet sites.

'Maki' is a smaller, slower growing version of the species.

CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY IF EATEN.  Children may eat the fleshy seeds that resemble fruits.

More information on Podocarpus macrophyllus.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Asian Garden Bridge
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#drought tolerant#salt tolerant#deer resistant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#evergreen#drought tolerant#salt tolerant#deer resistant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Podocarpus
    Species:
    macrophyllus
    Family:
    Podocarpaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    S. China to N. Myanmar, Taiwan, S. Central & S. Japan
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Particularly resistant to damage by deer. This plant is highly salt tolerant and drought tolerant.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 8 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Poisonous
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Columnar
    Erect
    Oval
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    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 Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Blue
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    seed purple-blue, fleshy, with red, enlarged stalk
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Catkin
    Flower Description:
    1 to 1.5 in. male catkin-like flowers occur in clusters
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    0.5 to 2.7 in. narrow, strap-like leaves with a waxy, lustrous surface. Dark green with lighter midrib.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Houseplants
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Design Feature:
    Hedge
    Screen/Privacy
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Salt
    Problems:
    Problem for Children
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Unidentified
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Seeds