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Planting Instructions for the Podocarpus
Plant in spring, summer, or fall, spacing plants 4 feet apart or closer if you want a hedge line. Dig a hole only as deep as the root ball. If your soil is in very poor condition, amend the soil you've removed from the hole with a small amount of compost. Otherwise don't amend it at all. Carefully remove the plant from the container and set it in the hole. Fill the hole half full with soil, then water it well to settle the soil.
Care for the Podocarpus
Terrific as hedge shrubs or privacy plants, these native Florida plants can grow to about 15 feet if you let them - though most of the time they're kept trimmed to around 4 feet. This is an easy-care plant that can be kept more manicured for a formal look or left to grow in its naturally pretty rounded shape in a casual landscape style.
This he yew pine is an upright to somewhat oval shrub or small tree. Podocarps are gymnosperms like pines, spruces and cycads. They have needle like leaves that are flat and a lustrous dark green. Catkin-like structures on male plants called cones produce pollen. Female cones produce fruits that are attractive against the dark foliage but are mildly toxic and should not be eaten.
About The Podocarpus
The plant has upright, dense evergreen has pointed, leathery, dark green leaves arranged on stiff, symmetrical branches. The crown forms a somewhat pyramidal to oval outline. Compact branching habit and very dark green foliage make this a dense tree in full sun, more open but surprisingly dense in shade.
The plant can be grown in shade as well as in the sun. Too little light will result in large, elongated needles. It does best in bright light filtered through a translucent blind or curtain.
How To Care For The Podocarpus
Coco plum, a South Florida native, is an outstanding texture plant with a "beachy" look, producing an edible plum which many critters (including people) enjoy.