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Author:Photo by and (c)2006 Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man). Location credit to the Chanticleer Garden.
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Author:Photo by and (c)2006 Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man). Location credit to the Chanticleer Garden.
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Author:Photo by and (c)2006 Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man). Location credit to the Chanticleer Garden.
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Podocarpus macrophyllus `Maki` (Maki Southern Yew seed) Sheffield's Seed Co., Inc.

Podocarpus macrophyllus


Southern Yew, Yew Plum Pine

  • Podocarpus macrophyllus 'Maki'

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Growing Info

Scarification: soak in warm water, let stand in water for 48 hours
Stratification: none required
Germination: sow seed 3/8" deep, tamp the soil, keep moist, mulch the seed bed.

Other: Germination may be irregular and some seed may lie over 2 years before germination. 

Introducing the Podocarpus macrophyllus 'Maki' Southern Yew, Yew Plum Pine! This coniferous tree, native to southern Japan and China, is the northernmost species in its genus. Known as Kusamaki or Inumaki in Japanese, it is increasingly being referred to as Kusamaki in English, replacing the old names Buddhist Pine and Fern Pine (which are botanically incorrect). In China, it is called luo han song.

'Maki' is a particular variety of Podocarpus macrophyllus with a dense and upright form. Considered a Buddhist pine and highly regarded as a feng shui tree in Hong Kong, this Southern Yew can be grown as an outdoor or indoor bonsai. It thrives in a bright sunny spot but requires protection from the midday sun. Insufficient light may result in large needles or leaf burn, so shading during extreme heat is vital.

Ideal for Zones 9-11, this bonsai can survive a light frost but should be kept above 55 degrees F. With its shorter leaves and dense, upright habit, the 'Maki' is suitable for various bonsai styles, making it a popular choice among bonsai enthusiasts. It prefers to be evenly moist, so providing adequate drainage and avoiding drying out is essential. The small leathery leaves minimize water loss through transpiration, so be cautious not to overwater.

As the 'Maki' bonsai matures, it develops a stately elegance and unique bark texture. The growth rate may vary depending on the climate, with faster growth in sunny and warmer areas. Enhance your space with the beauty and serenity of the Podocarpus macrophyllus 'Maki' Southern Yew, Yew Plum Pine. Visit [website URL] for more information.

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