Do you seek a plant that needs minimal care, can withstand all sorts of soils, is hardy and has beautiful landscaping features? You could try out the Podocarpus plant. Its scientific name is Podocarpus macrophyllus. Some people refer to it as Japanese yews because it is similar to the yew plant in its needle-like leaves, growth form and berries. This plant is not choosy about lighting conditions and can grow healthily in six (6) hours of light per day. It is a large shrub to small tree and achieves a height of about 8 – 10 feet (2-3m). The fruits are decorative with purple to pink elongated berries. But they are not to be swallowed because they can cause vomiting and diarrhea. One good thing is that it tolerates any soil pH and has moderate salt acceptance. But sometimes it can be infested with mites and scales. Not to worry, you can use horticultural oils to fight these infestations when severe. All in all, it is a beautiful hedge with a conical appearance that you wouldn’t bother about when it has started growth.
- Although their taxonomy is actually different, Podocarpus trees are often called Japanese yews, due to having similar leaves and berries.
- This plant isn’t fussy about the light it gets and it’s easy to grow in mild, warm regions.
- Highly adaptable this plant is a landscaper’s dream, because it can be made into almost any desired shape.
“In the garden, growing a Podocarpus tree provides ornamental beauty combined with ease of care.”