Podocarpus macrophyllus (Thunb.) Sweet

Japanese Yew, Yew Pine




Family: Podocarpaceae

Genus: Podocarpus

Category: Tree - Evergreen

Zones: 8 to 10

Size: 30 to 40' tall, half as wide

Growth Rate: Slow

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Leaves to 5" long arranged in dense spirals, bright green above and glaucous below. Does not tolerate wet feet. Can be sheared and kept as a dense hedge.


Variegated - I saw this at the JC Raulston Arboretum - The leaves have white margins.

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Native to China and Japan.

Published in Hort. Brit. (Sweet) 371 in 1826. Also published in Desc. Pinus v.2 p.22 in 1824 and in ed.3 #75 in 1832 as Podocarpus marcrophylla. The specimens, which I possess, of this species were collected in the neighbourhood of the city of Nagasacki. These specimens, together with several hundred other Japanese plants, were taken in a Dutch prize during the last war. The name of the naturalist who collected them, I have never been able to ascertain.


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