- Common Name(s):
- Buddist pine, Fern pine, Podocarpus, Shrubby yew podocarpus, Southern yew, Yew pine, Yew plum pine
- Edible Plants, Poisonous Plants, Shrubs, Trees
An evergreen conifer shrub or narrow, conical, tree in the Podocarpaceae family. Grows well in coastal NC. In colder regions, it can be a container plant that is brought inside during the winter months. It is low maintance and takes to shearing well so it is used sometimes in topairy. Its tolerance for low light allows it to grow well in brightly lit rooms as a houseplant. You may see this plant in commerical buildings like offices or shopping malls growing under sky lights. Where it is winter hardy grow it as a large hedge or screen. The foliage is pleasantly fragrant when crushed.
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.
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
- 15-20 ft.
- Leaves yew-like, leathery, alternate, simple, narrow, dark green with lighter midrib. Arranged in dense spirals.
- Non-flowering. Pollen cones yellowish and elongated; seed light blue, fleshy, with red, enlarged stalk
- Prefers rich, slightly acidic, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Tolerant of shade. Intolerant of wet soils.
- Columnar, narrow, pyramidal
- China, Japan
- Poison Part:
- Fleshy seeds (resemble fruits) eaten by children.
- Poison Delivery Mode:
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.
- Fruits may be eaten out of hand or added to pies, cakes, and jellies.
- Toxic Principle:
- CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY IF EATEN.
- Found in:
- Houseplant or interiorscape; landscape as cultivated ornamental woody shrub
- 6-8 ft.
- Growth Rate:
NCCES plant id: 1127