Podocarpus macrophyllus

(Photo by Phillip Lowe)

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Taxonomy (1,2,3)

Classification: Gymnosperm
Family: Podocarpaceae
Common name: Podocarpus, Yew Podocarpus, Japanese Yew, Buddhist Pine

General Information (1,2,3)

Region of Origin: Japan and China
USDA Plants Hardiness Zones: 7-11
Growth Habit: Tree

  • Size: 30-40 feet
  • Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen

Diagnostic Characteristics

Leaves (2,3)

  • Shape: Needlelike
  • Other: Dark green, 6-12cm

Pollen Cone (3)

  • Shape: Catkin-like

Seed Cone (2)

  • Size: 10-20mm
  • Color: Reddish-purple
  • Other: Berry-like

Horticultural Information (1,3)

  • Light: Full sun to partial shade
  • Landscape Uses: Hedges, foundations, courtyards
  • Other: Deer resistant, salt tolerant, heat tolerant

Interesting Facts (2,3)

  • Female cones are toxic
  • State tree of the Chiba Prefecture, Japan


1) Yew podocarpus. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.monrovia.com/plant-catalog/plants/1995/yew-podocarpus/
2) Podocarpus macrophyllus. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podocarpus_macrophyllus
3) Scheper, J. (1997, July 09). Podocarpus macrophylla. Retrieved from http://www.floridata.com/ref/p/podo_m.cfm

Prepared by Phillip Lowe as a course requirement for BIOL 3630/5630, Spring 2013
Edited by Jessica Bartek