Podocarpus sp., Podocarpus. Podocarpus nakaii
Podocarpus nakaii

Podocarpus sp.

Family: Podocarpaceae
Plant used for bonsaiLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallBig tree taller than 20 ftSmall tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterRegular water

The foliage of Podocarpus consists of stiff leathery leaves joined as pip-snakes along the main stems and branches. Depending on the species, the leaves can be evergreen, changing color throughout the season, or could be deciduous, brown or reddish-tinted. These plants thrive in a position of full sun or semi-shade and need regular to moderate water during the summer months. Varieties as small shrubs 5-10 ft tall or robust trees larger than 20 ft tall have been used for bonsai.

For planting in colder regions, Podocarpus is a great choice. Being frost hardy and highly adaptable to a variety of conditions, these plants can endure snow, sleet, windy conditions, and even periods of draught. Plant them in a pot with quality potting soil, a layer of well-drained gravel, and plenty of organic matter to keep it well aerated. When planting in cold regions, it is also important to ensure that the soil does not become oversaturated, as this can lead to root rot. During winter months, it is important to water moderately, and adding mulch to provide insulation of the roots and keep them healthy.

In USDA hardiness zone 9-11, Podocarpus can become a great addition to your outdoor space, bringing a subtle yet eye-catching impact. With a bit of pruning, it can even be turned into an ornamental, self-sustaining object like a bonsai or a topiary. You can enjoy the vivid foliage of this plant all year long, adding flavor and character to your garden.

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