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Fern Podocarpus


Podocarpus Gracilior, Fern Podocarpus

Moderate-growing evergreen tree to 40-50’ tall x 25-35’ wide, often pruned to maintain a smaller size. This graceful-looking species is best-suited for mild climates and forms a dense rounded head of finely-divided, slightly-pendulous foliage, featuring narrow leaves that emerge light gray-green and mature to shades of bright and dark-green creating a fern-like appearance. Beautiful and highly popular in milder western climates, this species is well-suited as a street, patio, courtyard or screening tree. Younger specimens are often used for espaliers, though consideration of its eventual size should be considered when choosing a planting location. Also makes a great container specimen for its juvenile years. Thrives with regular watering in a slightly-acidic, well-drained soil, and prefers a full to partial sun exposure.

Watering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
Botanical Pronunciation:poh-doh-KAR-pus
Plant type:Tree
Sunset climate zones:8, 9, 13 - 24
Growth habit:Rounded
Growth rate:Moderate
Average landscape size:Reaches 40 to 50 ft. tall, 25 ft. wide; keep smaller with regular pruning.
Special features:Easy Care, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance, Tolerates Urban Pollution, Waterwise, Year-round Interest
Foliage color:Gray-green
Blooms:Conifer; no blooms.

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