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Dwarf Podocarpus

Dwarf Podocarpus

Podocarpus macrophyllus ‘Pringles’

  • ​Common Name:  Dwarf Podocarpus
  • Scientific Name: Podocarpus macrophyllus ‘Pringles’
  • Family Name: Podocarpaceae
  • Origin:  Africa and Asia
  • Height:  3-5 feet
  • Width:  3-6 feet
  • Growth: Slow to moderate
  • Zone: Hardy in zones 8a-11.
  • Light Needs: Does well in full sun to part shade.
  • Salt Tolerance: High salt tolerance
  • Soil/PH/Texture: Neutral to acidic pH, can develop chlorosis (loss of green coloration) in alkaline or heavy soils.
  • Soil Moisture: Prefers regular moderate watering.
  • Drought Tolerance: Drought tolerant once established.
  • Pests/Diseases: Disease resistant
  • Growing Conditions: Plant in sun to part sun location in soil with some compost or peat moss added to increase acidity. Water once a week until established and new growth begins. Fertilize 3 times a year with a good granular fertilizer for optimal growth. Easy to prune when needed. Be sure to purchase dwarf variety if you are looking for a shrub that will stay under 5 feet. Pest free.
  • Characteristics: Dwarf Podocarpus works well as a foundation planting. These carefree shrubs can be easily trimmed to maintain them at 2 ½ to 3 feet, unlike the regular variety which will grow to 7’. Evergreen, fine-textured foliage is a deep green, and new growth is a brighter light green. Foliage sometimes has a blue-green tint in shadier locations.
  • Propagation: Softwood cuttings best taken in June or July.
  • Wildlife: Good nesting spot for birds, deer resistant. Birds also enjoy eating the seed cones and disperse the seed.
  • Facts: Prefers regular watering in a very sunny location. This plant is ideal for either sun or shade. Cold hardy anywhere in South Florida. Leaves are mildly toxic.
  • Designer Considerations: Looks great as a small hedge or foundation plant. Easily clipped for a more manicured look or can be left untrimmed. Grows well in containers or can be used for bonsai.