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28 Feb

Ornamental Garden Tree: Podocarpus Macrophyllus, Kusamaki

Podocarpus is a large genus of evergreen coniferous trees of small to medium height. They are popular garden trees is many parts of the world because of their fresh and fine looks. Besides popular garden trees, there are a number of bushes and foliage plants of Podocarpus that are useful for many different purposes in gardens. Some make nice hedges, some are good as foliage plants, some make nice espalier whereas some are good for creating screens or visual dividers.

Podocarpus Macrophyllus, Kusamaki, Garden Tree

Podocarpus Macrophyllus, Kusamaki

Podocarpus are usually propagated from seeds, softwood cuttings or layering. Young plants grow slow but grow into attractive specimens. They are usually easy to prune and train in to desired shapes and sizes. Popular species include Podocarpus falcatus (Yellowwood) that grows as nice garden tree up to 20 meters, and Podocarpus macrophyllus which is commonly known as Buddhist Pine (though it is not a pine) or Kusamaki in Japan.

Buddhist Pine is revered as feng shui tree and has a high commercial value. Native to China and Japan, Podocarpus macrophyllus grows as a large shrub or small evergreen tree with nice foliage. It is also grown for its timber which is used as construction material for its natural resistance to termites and water.