Podocarpus nivalis Hook.

Alpine Totara, Snow Totara

Cultivar Jacks Pass

Cultivar Jacks Pass

Family: Podocarpaceae

Genus: Podocarpus

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 7 to 10

Size: Can spread as much as 8' and grow up to 3' tall

Growth Rate: Slow

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


One of the hardiest species of Podocarpus. Low, spreading, mounded form. Olive green, small, narrow leaves on densely compact stems. Grows up to 4" per year. Tolerates most soils except wet. Drought tolerant once established.


'Jack's Pass' - more upright, dense form, from Jack's Pass near Molesworth Station, NZ.


Published in Icon. Pl. 6: t. 582 in 1843.

Native to New Zealand mountain slopes.


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