Syn. Afrocarpus gracilior

Common name: East African yellowwood

Native to: East Africa


Moderate-growing evergreen tree to 15 to 30 metres tall and 10 to 15 metres wide, often pruned to maintain a smaller size. This graceful-looking species is best-suited for wetter climates and forms a dense rounded head of finely-divided, slightly-pendulous foliage, featuring narrow leaves that emerge light gray-green and mature to shades of bright and dark-green creating a fern-like appearance. Beautiful and highly popular, this species is well-suited as a street, patio, courtyard or screening tree. Younger specimens are often used for espaliers, though consideration of its eventual size should be considered when choosing a planting location. Also makes a great container specimen for its juvenile years. Thrives with regular watering in a slightly-acidic, well-drained soil, and prefers a full to partial sun exposure.

Podocarpus gracilior

  • Native / exotic: Native

    Aspect: Full sun

    Flowers: No flowers

    Fragrance: None

    Foliage: Evergreen, lanceolate leaves

    Growth habit: Upright, spirally arranged branching

    Hardiness: Hardy but not drought resistant

    Height: Up to 40 metres

    Spread: Up to 15 metres

    Soil requirements: Prefers moist well-drained soils. Keep well mulched

    Uses: Statement, structural trees, or dense hedge planting


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