Shrubby Podocarpus

Podocarpus macrophyllus 'Maki'

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Shrubby Podocarpus (Podocarpus macrophyllus 'Maki') at Studley's

Shrubby Podocarpus

Shrubby Podocarpus

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Shrubby Podocarpus (Podocarpus macrophyllus 'Maki') at Studley's

Shrubby Podocarpus foliage

Shrubby Podocarpus foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  5 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  7b

Other Names:  Shrubby Japanese Yew, Buddhist Pine


This elegant shrub or small tree is ideal as an indoor accent plant or courtyard tree; excellent as a screen or sheared hedge because of its dense, long lived foliage

Features & Attributes

Shrubby Podocarpus's attractive glossy narrow leaves emerge light green, turning dark green in color throughout the year. It features subtle clusters of creamy white catkins at the ends of the branches in mid spring.

This is a multi-stemmed evergreen houseplant with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other indoor plants with less refined foliage. This plant can be pruned at any time to keep it looking its best.

Planting & Growing

When grown indoors, Shrubby Podocarpus can be expected to grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 50 years. This houseplant will do well in a location that gets either direct or indirect sunlight, although it will usually require a more brightly-lit environment than what artificial indoor lighting alone can provide. It does best in average to evenly moist soil, but will not tolerate standing water. The surface of the soil shouldn't be allowed to dry out completely, and so you should expect to water this plant once and possibly even twice each week. Be aware that your particular watering schedule may vary depending on its location in the room, the pot size, plant size and other conditions; if in doubt, ask one of our experts in the store for advice. It is not particular as to soil type or pH; an average potting soil should work just fine.

There are many factors that will affect the ultimate height, spread and overall performance of a plant when grown indoors; among them, the size of the pot it's growing in, the amount of light it receives, watering frequency, the pruning regimen and repotting schedule. Use the information described here as a guideline only; individual performance can and will vary. Please contact the store to speak with one of our experts if you are interested in further details concerning recommendations on pot size, watering, pruning, repotting, etc.


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Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden 
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