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Podocarpus Column

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  •  Architectural Design Element: The Yew Podocarpus Column offers a unique, upright growth pattern, making it an ideal choice for formal garden designs, hedges, and as an ornamental focal point in various landscapes.
  • Low Maintenance & Drought Tolerant: This evergreen is celebrated for its ease of care and ability to thrive in various conditions, including drought, once established, making it a worry-free choice for gardeners of all skill levels.
  • Versatile Landscape Use: With its ability to adapt to both full sun and partial shade, the Yew Podocarpus Column is highly versatile, fitting seamlessly into a wide range of landscape designs, from traditional to contemporary.

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The Yew Podocarpus, scientifically known as Podocarpus macrophyllus, is an elegant and versatile evergreen tree or shrub, cherished for its lush, dark green, needle-like foliage. This species, often referred to as the Buddhist Pine, is a popular choice for both formal and informal landscapes, offering a dense and upright growth habit. Its adaptability to pruning makes it an excellent selection for hedges, topiaries, or as a stately standalone specimen. The Yew Podocarpus is also valued for its tolerance to different growing conditions, making it a resilient and attractive addition to a variety of garden settings, from urban courtyards to large estate gardens.

Growth rate: Moderate growth rate. Mature height of 20-40 feet and a width of 10-15 feet.

Please note: Images on our website depict plants and trees at full maturity to showcase their expected grown characteristics. These images are illustrative examples only and do not represent the size of plants or trees upon delivery.

Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Can be shaped as desired in early spring.

Fertilization: Apply a balanced slow-release fertilizer in early spring to encourage growth.

Winter Protection: In colder zones, provide mulch around the base to protect roots in winter.

Choose a location with full sun to partial shade and well-draining soil. Dig a hole twice as wide and as deep as the root ball. Place the plant in the hole, backfill with soil, and water thoroughly. Mulch around the base to retain moisture and regulate soil temperature.

The Yew Podocarpus Column thrives in environments with full sun to partial shade, requiring regular watering during the initial growth phase. Once established, it becomes drought-tolerant, needing less frequent watering. Consistent sunlight exposure ensures robust growth and maintains its dense foliage.

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Zones 7-11

In USDA Zones 7-11, the Yew Podocarpus Column thrives, showcasing its adaptability to a range of climates. This evergreen is particularly suited to warmer regions where it can enjoy the full sun to partial shade. It exhibits remarkable resilience to varying weather conditions, making it a reliable choice for gardeners in these zones seeking a durable and visually appealing plant.

Frequently Asked Questions

Caring for a Yew Podocarpus Column is relatively simple. Here are some care guidelines:

Light: Yew Podocarpus prefers bright, indirect sunlight. It can tolerate some shade but thrives in partial to full sun conditions.

Watering: Water your Yew Podocarpus regularly to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Allow the top inch of soil to dry out before watering again. During the growing season (spring and summer), it may require more frequent watering.

Soil: Use well-draining, acidic to neutral soil for your Yew Podocarpus. A mix of peat moss and perlite can improve soil drainage.

Temperature: Yew Podocarpus is sensitive to cold temperatures. It's best suited for USDA hardiness zones 10-11. If you live in a colder climate, consider growing it in a container that can be brought indoors during winter.

Pruning: Prune your Yew Podocarpus as needed to maintain its desired shape and size. Regular pruning can help create a columnar form.

Fertilizing: Feed your Yew Podocarpus with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer during the growing season (spring and summer) to promote healthy growth. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for application.

Pests and Diseases: Keep an eye out for common plant pests like aphids, mealybugs, and scale insects. Treat any infestations promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil. Yew Podocarpus is relatively disease-resistant.

Repotting: If your Yew Podocarpus is growing in a container, consider repotting it every 2-3 years or when it outgrows its current pot. Choose a slightly larger container with good drainage.

Mulching: Applying a layer of mulch around the base of the plant can help retain moisture and regulate soil temperature.

Winter Care: In colder climates, protect your Yew Podocarpus from frost and freezing temperatures. Consider covering it or bringing it indoors during winter months.

By following these care guidelines, you can keep your Yew Podocarpus Column healthy and thriving in your garden or as a container plant.

The best place to plant a Yew Podocarpus Column is in a location that provides:

Sunlight: Choose a spot that receives partial to full sunlight. Yew Podocarpus prefers bright, indirect light but can tolerate some shade.

Protection from Cold: Ensure the plant is protected from cold temperatures, especially if you live in a region with frost or freezing winters. Plant it in a location where it won't be exposed to harsh winter conditions.

Well-Draining Soil: Yew Podocarpus prefers well-draining soil. It can thrive in soil that is slightly acidic to neutral. Amending the soil with peat moss and perlite can improve drainage.

Space: Plant your Yew Podocarpus Column with enough space to accommodate its mature size. These plants can grow tall, so consider their height when choosing a planting location.

Air Circulation: Ensure good air circulation around the plant to prevent the development of fungal issues.

Container Option: If you live in a colder climate, consider growing your Yew Podocarpus in a container that can be moved indoors during winter or in a greenhouse.

Choosing the right location with these considerations will help your Yew Podocarpus thrive and remain healthy.

Yew Podocarpus Column typically grows to a mature height of about 6 to 10 feet. However, it's important to note that the exact size can vary depending on growing conditions and how it's pruned or maintained. In ideal conditions, it can reach its full height relatively quickly, making it a popular choice for hedges, screens, or columnar landscape designs.

Yew Podocarpus and Japanese Yew are two different plant species, and they belong to separate genera.

Yew Podocarpus:
Yew Podocarpus is a member of the Podocarpus genus and is not related to true yews.
It is an evergreen shrub or small tree native to eastern Asia.
Yew Podocarpus has elongated, lance-shaped leaves and produces small, fleshy fruits.
It is often used as a hedge, screen, or ornamental plant in landscapes.

Japanese Yew (Taxus cuspidata):
Japanese Yew is a true yew and belongs to the Taxus genus.
It is also an evergreen shrub or tree native to Japan.
Japanese Yew has needle-like leaves and produces red, berry-like cones.
It is commonly used in landscaping for its dense, dark green foliage.

While both plants are evergreen and suitable for landscaping purposes, they are distinct species with different botanical characteristics.

The growth rate of Yew Podocarpus can vary depending on environmental conditions and care. On average, it is considered a slow to moderate-growing plant. In optimal conditions, it may grow around 6 to 12 inches per year. However, growth rates can be influenced by factors such as sunlight, soil quality, and moisture levels.

Yew Podocarpus Column thrives in a mild to warm climate. It is best suited for USDA hardiness zones 9 to 11. This plant prefers a temperate climate with mild winters and warm, but not excessively hot, summers. It can tolerate a range of conditions but should be protected from frost and freezing temperatures. In colder climates, it can be grown in containers and brought indoors during the winter months.

When planting Yew Podocarpus Column, space them about 5 to 7 feet apart. This spacing allows them to grow and fill in while maintaining a well-spaced and attractive appearance. It provides enough room for them to develop into tall columns without overcrowding.

To prune Yew Podocarpus Column, follow these simple guidelines:

Timing: Prune during the late winter or early spring before new growth begins. This is the best time to encourage healthy regrowth.

Sanitize Your Tools: Use clean and sharp pruning shears or hedge clippers to make clean cuts and prevent disease spread.

Shape: Trim the plant to maintain its desired shape. Yew Podocarpus Column is often grown as a tall, narrow column, so prune the sides to maintain this form.

Remove Dead or Diseased Growth: Remove any dead or diseased branches, as well as any that are crossing or rubbing against each other.

Light Trimming: Lightly trim the tips of branches to encourage bushier growth and maintain the desired height.

Avoid Heavy Pruning: Avoid heavy pruning, especially in late summer or early fall, as this can stress the plant.

Remember that Yew Podocarpus Column is a slow grower, so prune conservatively to maintain its natural appearance and health.

Yellowing of Yew Podocarpus Column leaves can be due to several reasons:

Watering Issues: Overwatering or underwatering can cause leaves to turn yellow. Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of water, keeping the soil consistently moist but not soggy.

Poor Drainage: Inadequate drainage in the planting area can lead to root rot, which can cause yellowing leaves.

Nutrient Deficiency: Yellowing leaves can be a sign of nutrient deficiencies, particularly nitrogen. Consider using a balanced, slow-release fertilizer to provide essential nutrients.

Pests or Disease: Check the plant for signs of pests like scales or mites, as well as fungal diseases. Treat any infestations or diseases promptly.

Environmental Stress: Extreme temperatures, drought, or excessive sunlight can stress the plant and cause leaf discoloration.

Age: Older leaves at the base of the plant may naturally turn yellow and drop. This is typically not a cause for concern.

To address yellowing leaves, assess the plant's care conditions, adjust watering and fertilization as needed, and inspect for signs of pests or disease. Proper care should help improve the plant's overall health and leaf color.

Yew Podocarpus should be watered when the top inch or so of the soil feels dry to the touch. The frequency of watering can vary depending on factors like the climate, pot size, and soil type.

In general:
Water deeply and thoroughly when the soil becomes dry to the touch, usually every 1-2 weeks. During hot, dry weather, you may need to water more frequently.

Always ensure good drainage to prevent waterlogged roots, as overly wet soil can lead to root rot. Adjust your watering schedule based on the specific conditions of your plant's environment to keep it healthy and thriving.

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We have perfected packaging and shipping plants & trees! That is why we DO NOT use any third-party fulfillment like most other online retailers. Your trees go straight from our farm to your door, safely packaged by our team of seasoned professionals. Our process ensures your plants leave our facility and arrive to your door in the best condition possible!