Podocarpus (Podocarpus Macrophyllus)

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Growing Zone: 8-11

Growing Zone: 8-11 Outdoors

Plant Specifications

Plant Name Podocarpus (Podocarpus macrophyllus)
Mature Height 10-12 feet
Mature Width 5-6 feet
Spacing 3-4 feet apart
Sunlight Full to Partial Sun
Temperature Tolerance 30-80°F
Watering Needs Moderate (Once a week)
Growth Rate 10 inches/year
Difficulty Level Easy
Grows Well Indoors Yes, with indirect sunlight
Flowering Time Spring to Early Summer
Origin Native to South America

Exuding elegance and versatility, Podocarpus (Podocarpus macrophyllus), also known as the Yew Pine, is an evergreen conifer that showcases an alluring combination of dense, pointed foliage and a naturally neat form. This versatile plant offers year-round greenery, infusing life and vibrancy into any landscape setting.

How to Grow Podocarpus

Podocarpus is a robust plant that adapts well to a variety of conditions. It flourishes in full sun to partial shade and tolerates a range of soil types, be it loamy, sandy, or clay, as long as the soil drains well. Hardy in USDA Zones 7-11, this adaptable shrub can grow up to 40 feet, but is typically maintained at a smaller height for landscaping.


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Care Tips

While Podocarpus is relatively low-maintenance, it benefits from regular watering, especially in dry periods. Mature plants display a level of drought tolerance. In hot climates, providing some afternoon shade can help prevent sunscald. Mulching around the plant base can aid in preserving soil moisture and controlling weeds.


With its structured form and lush foliage, Podocarpus serves well in a variety of landscape designs. It makes a stunning hedge or screen and adds structure when planted as a specimen or foundation plant. Its compact and upright nature makes it a fitting choice for urban gardens, and its adaptability suits it for container gardening, bonsai, or as an indoor plant.

Planting Tips

Plant your Podocarpus in early spring or early fall for the best results. Amend the planting area with compost or organic matter to enrich the soil. Dig a hole twice the width and the same depth as the root ball, ensuring that the plant's base sits level with or slightly above the ground for optimal drainage.


To keep your Podocarpus in top form, pruning is recommended in early spring before the onset of new growth. This not only helps maintain the desired shape but encourages lush, vibrant foliage. Avoid hard pruning in late summer or fall to prevent the stimulation of new growth that may not harden off before winter. An annual application of a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in spring will support vigorous growth.



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