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Podocarpus henkelii/Henkel's Yellow-Wood, Long Leafed Yellow-Wood

Podocarpus henkelii / Podocarpus henkelii
Large, handsome specimen tree growing in a southern California garden
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Large, handsome specimen tree growing in a southern California garden

Long, narrow leaves

Close view of the foliage

Bark on a mature tree

Trunk on an old, mature tree in southern California

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Scientific Name: Podocarpus henkelii
Common Name: Henkel's Yellow-Wood, Long Leafed Yellow-Wood
Plant Type: Evergreen
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 20-30 feet
Spread: 15 - 20 feet
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
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Comments: Native to South Africa, this is a very tall upright growing long-lived tree. The bark is longitudinally fissured. In older trees the bark peels exposing red-brown under surface. The leaves are five to seven inches long and conspicuously drooping.