Yew Plum Pine, Southern Yew Podocarpus macrophyllus Maki - Podocarpus maki

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Botanical Name:

Podocarpus macrophyllus Maki









Common Name:

Yew Plum Pine, Southern Yew

50-60 feet
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  • Podocarpus macrophyllus Maki

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Growing Info, follow in order:
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.
In a Nutshell:
* Podocarpus macrophyllus ( Kusamaki or Inumaki ) is a conifer in the genus Podocarpus , family Podocarpaceae . It is the northernmost species of the genus, native to southern Japan and China . Kusamaki and Inumaki are Japanese names for this tree, and Kusamaki is increasingly being used as the English name as well, replacing the old, botanically inaccurate names Buddhist Pine and Fern Pine (it is not a pine ). In China, it is known as luo han song . more...
* 'Maki' has a dense, upright form.
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Bonsai Comments:

This Southern Yew considered a Buddhist pine, is a highly regarded feng shui tree in Hong Kong. Podocarpus macrophyllis maki can be an outdoor or indoor bonsai in a bright sunny spot but needs protection from the midday sun. Too little light will result in large needles or leaf-burn so shade in extreme heat is important.
Grow in Zones 9-11 it will survive a light frost but keep above 55 degrees F. This bonsai has a dense , upright habit with shorter leaves and suitable for many styles making it a popular bonsai. It likes to be evenly moist but do not let it dry out and provide adequate drainage. The small leathery leaves of the Podocarpus will not lose much water from transpiration so please do not overwater.

As this bonsai matures, they exhibit a stately elegance, as the trunk and bark texture takes a few years the growth may vary with the climate with faster growth in sunny , warmer areas.

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