Podocarpus nivalis

Scientific name: Podocarpus nivalis


Common names: “Alpine totara” “Plum yew”

Plant Type: Evergreen conifer shrub


Zone: 7-10

Light: Full sun best – part shade

Exposure: Sheltered from cold drying winds

Soil: Fertile humus rich soil best

Moisture: Average, well drained, handles some drought


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Plant Size: 3-6′ H & W

Leaf and Stem shape: Short dark green needles attached radially around shoots

Flower: Older females have green conelike parts which develope into bright red arilsImage result for podocarpus nivalis

Pruning: Minimal – none, cut back if necessary but hide the cuts

Maintenance: Low – zero

Landscape use: Groundcover, rock garden, informal garden, mixed border

Propagate: By seed and cuttings

Pests & Disease: Nothing recorded

*Deer resistant

Comments: Native to New Zealand, not much bothers this

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