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Podocarpus macrophyllus (Yew, Japanese)

Yew, Japanese

Podocarpus macrophyllus

Slow growing evergreen shrub native to Japan and southern China that has adapted well to the southern landscape. Naturally forms a conical to dome shape, and is commonly pruned into uniformed shapes for hedges, topiaries, or screens. The foliage is dark green and needlelike, whorled around the stems. Male plants have catkins that produce pollen. The females produce blue-green berries attached to attractive, yet mildly toxic,  droop fruits that can be red, yellow, and dark purple.

The Japanese Yew tolerates poor soil conditions as long as good drainage is provided. Japanese Yew grows well in the shade and sun, and can fit a variety of landscape needs when pruned into any form.

Shade Specimen
Screen
Topiary
Hedge

Flower Color:

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Height

25-30 Feet

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Spread

10-15 Feet

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips for Podocarpus macrophyllus

Leaves will turn an unattractive shade of yellow if grown in highly alkaline soils; high nitrogen based fertilizer is recommended.

Interesting Notes

Foliage and parts of the berries are fatally toxic. 


USDA Hardiness Zone 7b

Available Sizes:

Item Description
YEW-JAP-05 YEW, JAPANESE View Current Crop Photo
YEW-JAP-24B YEW, JAPANESE
YEW-JAP-30 YEW, JAPANESE

Characteristics & Attributes

Deer Tolerance
Medium
Exposure
Full Sun to Full Shade
Habit
Evergreen
Water Needs
Medium
Toxic to Pets
Seeds
Fruits