Podocarpus Gracilior is a common plant used as a privacy hedge in Los Angeles, and much of California. This is because they easily grow fast in all soils and condition with little maintenance and mess. As an evergreen plant, Podocarpus do not lose their leaves. Also, their flower and fruit are insignificant, and do not attract wildlife. They’re suitable for humans, providing a lot of benefit such as to block views, break winds, create shade and a barrier for privacy. To create a hedge, plant in a row about 3 – 6 feet apart, and “topped” with an electric trimmer to be maintained 6 – 12 feet tall in height. Podocarpus can grow over 50 feet tall and 25 feet wide when planted and grown as tree, as opposed to a maintained hedge.
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General Plant Information
Podocarpus Gracilior For Sale
At Paradise Nursery, Podocarpus Gracilior is available in tree and columnar forms. Grown in 5 gallon, 15 gallon, and 24″ Box containers all year round. Contact us to confirm availability and request photos.
Information and Care
Podocarpus are also best used to create a fast growing hedge. Plant under at least 4 hours of full sun or partial shade. Plant in any soil that drains well. Amend with a high quality planting mix and fertilizer. Water newly installed plants regularly, about twice per week until they establish. When the weather is cool, reduce the times you water. Create a good well around the roots zone to hold the water. Provide enough water so that soil moisture reaches field capacity.
To create a clean formal hedge, use an electric trimmer to shape to the desired height. This will also remove their flowers and fruit.
Spring is the best time to fertilize. Use an all purpose plant food, such as a granular 15-15-15 NPK. This is also known as triple 15. These slow release often last for about 2 months. So reapply during the Spring and Summer season.
Common and Botanical Name:
Podocarpus Gracilior has been renamed to Afrocarpus Gracilior, but is still sold as Podocarpus. The common name of Fern Pine refers to their unique fern like foliage.
Their foliage have spaced out, 4″ long narrow leaflets, as opposed to the dense leaflets of the Macrophylum.
Flowers, and Fruit
The flower and fruit are both yellow, not showy. To prevent this, cut off the flower with an electric trimmer in the Spring. Otherwise, the small berry fruit is soft with a seed inside in the Summer.
Compatibility and USDA Hardiness Zones:
Native to Africa, the Fern Pine thrives in a warm climate such as the Southern US. Podocarpus are drought and smog tolerant. They are also cold-hardy to as low as 15 degrees F temp.
Fern Pines resist most common pests. Although aphids, scale, and mold can be a minor problem. Neem oil is a good organic pesticide and fungicide.
Size and Spacing
Hedges are generally planted 2 – 3 feet apart off-center.
Additional InformationPlant Type: Evergreen
USDA Hardiness Zones: 8-11
Soil and Planting: Plant in soil that drains well. Dig a hole that is as deep as the tree’s roots and at least twice as wide.
Place the tree in the hole and backfill around the plant’s roots with a mixture of the native soil and high-quality planting mix that has washed sand and organic fertilizer.
Create a basin around the roots drip zone so that water collects. Water deeply until the roots and nearby soil is saturated and reaches field capacity.
Plant Care Information
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The two factors that determine if a deciduous fruit trees will grow well and produce fruit in a certain area are the Chill Hour Requirement and the Cold Hardiness. “Chill hours” are the amount of cold a deciduous fruit tree need to produce fruit. This is measured in the number of hours below 45 degrees Fahrenheit a plant must experience during its winter dormancy. Paradise Nursery only grows Low Chill fruit trees that meet the chill requirements of all areas of the United States.
The second factor is Cold Hardiness. Cold Hardiness refers to the minimum temperature a plant can tolerate. The USDA’s Cold Hardiness Zones indicate the average minimum winter temperatures of areas. Based on the shipping zipcode, our website will only allow you to add plants to your cart that grow within your USDA Hardiness Zone, and tolerate your climate.
Pollination & Propagation
(Grafting/Cutting) Most of Paradise Nursery’s edible plants are self-fruitful. Self-pollinating trees do not require an additional tree to produce fruit. For your convenience, we have indicated which trees require a pollinator, and their associated pollinators. Only the sweet cherries, avocados, and some plums require a pollinator. All of our other propagated edible plants do not require a pollinator. All of our edible plants are either grown from cuttings, budded, or grafted. This way, we can ensure that our plants are high quality and fruit immediately. Plants will generally begin fruiting within a year of planting.