Podocarpus Gracilior For Sale
At Paradise Nursery, Podocarpus gracilior us 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 most 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 leaflet. 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 that are 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 pesticides and fungicides.