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Toxic parts

Superficially similar to Taxus species, but this plant is definitely not poisonous[1].

Edible uses


Fruit - raw or cooked in pies, cakes etc[2]. The fruit is 12 - 15mm long[1].


Material uses

Plants are used for hedging in N. America[2]. The erect cultivar 'Maki' is commonly used[1]. The wood is used in making furniture, utensils, paper, and farm implements[3]..

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Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The stem bark is used in the treatment of worms (especially ringworm) and blood disorders[4]. A decoction of the fruit is tonic for the heart, kidneys, lungs and stomach[4].

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Ecosystem niche/layer

Canopy or Secondary canopy

Ecological Functions



Nothing listed.


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The seed can be sown at any time of the year in a sandy soil in a warm greenhouse, though it is probably best sown as soon as it is ripe[5]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe terminal shoots, 5 - 10cm long, July/August in a frame[6].

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Prefers a rich moist non-alkaline soil[7].

Plants are hardy to about -25°c[1]. This species is slow growing in Britain with annual increases in height of up to 20cm[8]. The trees tend to grow poorly in this country, they prefer areas with hot humid summers[1]. Tolerant of trimming[1]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[1].

This species is normally dioecious, though monoecious forms are sometimes found[9]. Male and female plants must usually be grown if seed is required.


Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

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Full Data

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Binomial name
Podocarpus macrophyllus
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
full sun
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    Mature Size
    10 x 5 meters
    Flower Colour
    Flower Type

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    1. ? Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    2. ? Facciola. S. Cornucopia - A Source Book of Edible Plants. Kampong Publications ISBN 0-9628087-0-9 (1990-00-00)
    3. ? [Flora of China] (1994-00-00)
    4. ? Duke. J. A. and Ayensu. E. S. Medicinal Plants of China Reference Publications, Inc. ISBN 0-917256-20-4 (1985-00-00)
    5. ? F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
    6. ? Sheat. W. G. Propagation of Trees, Shrubs and Conifers. MacMillan and Co (1948-00-00)
    7. ? Holliday. I. and Hill. R. A Field Guide to Australian Trees. Frederick Muller Ltd. ISBN 0-85179-627-3 (1974-00-00)
    8. ? Mitchell. A. F. Conifers in the British Isles. HMSO ISBN 0-11-710012-9 (1975-00-00)
    9. ? Vines. R.A. Trees of North Texas University of Texas Press. ISBN 0292780206 (1982-00-00)
    10. ? Ohwi. G. Flora of Japan. (English translation) Smithsonian Institution (1965-00-00)

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