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Products > Podocarpus latifolius
Podocarpus latifolius - Yellowwood
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Tree
Family: Podocarpaceae (Podocarps)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Insignificant
Bloomtime: Not Significant
Height: 40-50 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Podocarpus latifolius (Yellowwood) - An upright narrow slow growing evergreen tree that grows to 100 feet tall in its natural habitat but is rarely seen much more than 40 feet as a garden tree. The foliage of this tree appears to be gray from a distance but the 1 1/2 inch long by 1/3 inch wide linear leaves (technically needles) are covered with a bluish-gray powder which rubs off to expose the green underneath and new flushes of growth are often paler or even bronzy. The foliage covers the plant in an upright spire of growth but with age the beautiful trunk, with peeling bark is exposed. This species is dioecious, with male and female cones on separate plants, and all of our plants are cutting grown females with small bluish cones that sit on fleshy green elongated receptacles. Plant in sun or part shade with regular watering. This tree grows in the Sudan and down in the Knysna forest in the Southern Cape area of South Africa. Its wood was used extensively for the floors and ceilings in older houses in South Africa. The name for the genus is derived from Greek words 'podo' meaning "foot" or "footed" and 'karpos' which means "fruit" in reference to the fleshy stalk or receptacle that holds the seed. This is lacking on some plants previously included in this genus and these plants have been transferred to the new genus Afrocarpus. The specific epithet comes from the Latin words 'latus' means "wide" or broad and 'folium' meaning leaf in reference to the broader leaves of this species. The common name Yellowwood is shared by other Podocarpus and this one is sometimes called "Real Yellowwood" to distinguish it.  The information presented on this page is based on research we have conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also consider observations of it growing in our nursery crops, as well as in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we visit. We will incorporate comments that we receive from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if they include cultural information that would aid others in growing Podocarpus latifolius.