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Podocarpus macrophyllus /Podocarpus

Podocarpus macrophyllus  / Podocarpus macrophyllus
Typical specimen of podocarpus
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Typical specimen of podocarpus

Sheared plants at Disney World in Florida

Lower branches removed to make a tree form

Fruit on a female plant in late summer

Specimen planted too close to house where pruning has become necessary to keep plant under eve of house roof

Close-up image of the narrow leaves

Male pollen cones on a male plant

Podocarpus privacy hedge

Old specimens that have been heavily pruned

Clipped podocarpus

Well maintained privacy hedge

Four topiary specimens at Disney World in Florida

Close-up of topiary specimens

Topiary with four different layers of foliage

Clipped into a pyrimadial shape

Very large clipped specimens in Florida

Clipped hedges

Clipped specimen

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Scientific Name: Podocarpus macrophyllus
Common Name: Podocarpus
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Yellow
Fruit present: Summer
Fruit color: Red, Purple
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants for Hedges, Screening and Privacy
Plants that Attract Birds
Comments: With an upright form this podocarpus will fit into narrow places and be a good espalier subject. It is used as a hedge, clipped hedge, topiary and for wildlife food. The arils of the fruit have been reported edible by humans. When established, it is drought tolerant.