Buddhist Pine, Japanese Yew

Podocarpus macrophyllus

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




Water Requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Seed is poisonous if ingested

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:


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:

Unknown - Tell us


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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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 18, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Males of Podocarpus species are among the most allergenic of plants and release massive quantities of pollen. The pollen is also cytotoxic, and can give the symptoms of chemotherapy to the susceptible.

Females are not a problem. So make sure you know the sex of the plants you purchase.


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

Love this plant........


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.