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Plants of the UNF Campus

Podocarpus macrophyllus - Japanese yew or Chinese yew
Family Podocarpaceae


Approximately 100 species of podocarpus are found naturally around the world, primarily in the southern hemisphere. This conifer has flat, broad needles. Unlike many familiar conifers, this one bears its seeds in a fleshy, purple-blue strobilus instead of a woody cone. Left untrimmed, it has a pyramidal shape with a narrow spread. 


See this plant on the east side of building 39 and the north side of building 10.


Large shrub or small tree with the potential of reaching thirty feet tall.

Care Instructions:

Light: full sun to part shade

Water: very drought tolerant when established

Soil: average garden soil, very adaptable, no special requirements

This plants is easy to grow in Florida. It grows in sun or shade in a well-drained soil.

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