Plum yew, Buddhist pine, Japanese yew or Chinese yew is actually Podocarpus macrophyllus, a small evergreen conifer that does well in heat and humidity. It grows slowly and steadily to an eventual 50 feet, perhaps more, with a spread of fifteen or so feet and a straight and narrow form that becomes more oval with maturity. It has attractive, leathery green needles, 4 inches long and a half inch wide. And although it is a conifer, it does not produce typical cones but fleshy fruits instead.
In the US Podocarpus is also known as Southern yew due to its long-standing popularity  in the American South where actual Yews (Taxus), struggle. This quietly handsome tree makes an ideal choice when an evergreen is called for. There is no better backdrop for showy spring or summer blooming trees and shrubs. Also it would make an excellent windbreak, a hedge or a privacy screen. It takes clipping well and can be espaliered. It works on the lawn, the street or in a container, and is long-lived, as well as pest and disease free.
It grows all along the American gulf coast, and the Pacific coast as far north as Washington state. It does well in the warmest parts of the UK and is well adapted to Australia and New Zealand.



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