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PlantFiles: Buddhist Pine, Japanese Yew
Podocarpus macrophyllus

Family: Podocarpaceae
Genus: Podocarpus (pod-oh-KAR-pus) (Info)
Species: macrophyllus (mak-roh-FIL-us) (Info)

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15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

Seed is poisonous if ingested
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
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Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
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5 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive tonyinOBA On Nov 2, 2012, tonyinOBA from Orange Beach, AL wrote:

Love this plant........

Positive sunkissed On Jan 21, 2011, sunkissed from Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

My Dad gave me some seedlings of this plant in 1994 and I planted them along my back fence. We didn't even have an irrigation system for a good ten years and all I did was trim them each year. They are now over eighteen feet tall. They produce a red to purple berry on them that the birds love each summer. Seedlings come up all over from this. Never has it been affected by freezing temperatures, just a bit browing on the tips of the leaves. I can no longer reach the top to trim and they seem to be growing up very nicely. I've seen these at Busch Gardens in Tampa well over thirty foot tall. They say it is a shrub, but will grow very tall in direct sunlight.

Positive runnow On May 5, 2010, runnow from Sevierville, TN wrote:

Some individuals of this plant do well in Zone 7.
So far this has been a low maintance problem free plant.
During colder winters there may be some foliage burn but
burn foliage is quickly replaced in spring.

Positive Arbarita On Oct 31, 2009, Arbarita from Calera, AL wrote:

I have this plant in a large container .This summer ( the first in 4 years) the yew was loaded with berries. They fell off and I just swept them off the driveway into the grass. Yesterday Oct 30 th , I noticed I have about 20 small seedlings. I'll leave then until spring , then hope to pot them up .They even started to sprout in a plastic baggie. It's a beautiful plant and faces east near Birmingham Alabama.

Positive wormfood On Jan 22, 2009, wormfood from Lecanto, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I never water it, never feed it. In half day full hot sun. Took a clipping and put it in a large styrofoam coffee cup with peat and perlite and watered. It did terrible for two weeks then something knocked it over and I didn't see it for a month. Bone dry and it looked snappy. So I ripped off the cup bottom and planted. Doing well, no water, no food. Half a day of sun.

Neutral bleu On Aug 4, 2002, bleu wrote:

An oval shrub or small tree with needle-like leaves which are flat and dark green. A moderate to slow growth rate but can become very large if left alone to grow undisturbed. Good coastal plant as it is salt and heat tolerant.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Mobile, Alabama
Montgomery, Alabama
Orange Beach, Alabama
Phenix City, Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
San Clemente, California
San Marino, California
Bartow, Florida
Bradenton, Florida
Brooksville, Florida
Dunnellon, Florida
Hawthorne, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Lecanto, Florida
Ocala, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Sebring, Florida
Umatilla, Florida
Winter Springs, Florida
Atlanta, Georgia
Conyers, Georgia
Greensboro, Georgia
Marietta, Georgia
Kurtistown, Hawaii
Vacherie, Louisiana
West Monroe, Louisiana
Sumter, South Carolina
Sevierville, Tennessee
Alice, Texas
Austin, Texas (2 reports)
Dallas, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Willis, Texas

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