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Podocarpus gracilior (African Fern Pine)

African Fern Pine, Outeniqua Yellowwood, Common Yellowwood, Sickle Leaved Yellowwood, Bastard Yellowwood, Yellow Wood, Afrocarpus falcatus, Afrocarpus gracilior

Podocarpus gracilior, African Fern Pine, Outeniqua Yellowwood, Common Yellowwood, Sickle Leaved Yellowwood, Bastard Yellowwood, Yellow Wood, Afrocarpus falcatus, Afrocarpus gracilior

Podocarpus gracilior (African Fern Pine) is a medium to large, coniferous evergreen tree of erect, open-airy habit with pendant branches covered with narrow, fine-textured, soft gray-green leaves of fern-like appearance. African Fern Pine is dioecious with separate male and female plants. Small fleshy, greenish-yellow to purple, plum-like cones are produced. Adaptable to most soils, African Fern Pine is often used as a hedge or screening tree. It also makes a great container specimen when in youth.

  • Grows up to 40-60 ft. tall (12-18 m) and 20-25 ft. wide (6-8 m). Grows 12 to 36 in. per year (30-90 cm). It can be pruned to maintain a smaller size.
  • Performs best in full sun or part shade in slightly acidic, humusy, well-drained soils. Adaptable to a wide range of soils, including clay and sand. Water regularly, as this species is not drought tolerant. Seaside tolerance.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Deer resistant.
  • Takes well to pruning and shearing.
  • Male Podocarpus spp. are highly allergenic with a top OPALS allergy-scale rating of 10. In contrast, entirely female Podocarpus plants score a low OPALS rating of 1, capturing pollen without producing any, making them “allergy-fighting”.
  • Native to Eastern South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe.

Requirements

Hardiness 9 - 11
Climate Zones 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Podocarpaceae
Common names Yellow Wood
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 40' - 60'
(12.2m - 18.3m)
Spread 20' - 25'
(6.1m - 7.6m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Hedges And Screens, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden
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Requirements

Hardiness 9 - 11
Climate Zones 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Podocarpaceae
Common names Yellow Wood
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 40' - 60'
(12.2m - 18.3m)
Spread 20' - 25'
(6.1m - 7.6m)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Hedges And Screens, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden
How Many Plants
Do I Need?

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