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Shrubby Podocarpus

Podocarpus macrophyllus 'Maki'

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Shrubby Podocarpus (Podocarpus macrophyllus 'Maki') at Rainbow Gardens

Shrubby Podocarpus

Shrubby Podocarpus

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Shrubby Podocarpus (Podocarpus macrophyllus 'Maki') at Rainbow Gardens

Shrubby Podocarpus foliage

Shrubby Podocarpus foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  18 feet

Spread:  12 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 a foundation shrub, garden accent, or courtyard tree; great for urban planting along streets and medians; excellent as a screen or sheared hedge because of its dense, long lived foliage

Ornamental Features

Shrubby Podocarpus has attractive dark green foliage which emerges light green in spring. The glossy narrow leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter. It features subtle clusters of creamy white catkins at the ends of the branches in mid spring. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Shrubby Podocarpus is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and can be pruned at anytime. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Shrubby Podocarpus is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Shrubby Podocarpus will grow to be about 18 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features

Disclaimer - This Plant Finder tool is an online resource representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact the store directly for current availability. It does not include our entire selection of plants, so be sure to visit our store to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.