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Care of the plant Podocarpus henkelii or Henkel's yellowwood.

Care of the tree Podocarpus henkelii or Henkel's yellowwood

The genus Podocarpus, family Podocarpaceae, comprises 100 species of trees and shrubs native to Asia, the Pacific, Central and South America, New Zealand, Australia and Africa. Some species are: Podocarpus henkelii, Podocarpus elongatus, Podocarpus macrophyllus, Podocarpus dispermus, Podocarpus glaucus, Podocarpus grayae, Podocarpus latifolius, Podocarpus neriifolius.

Common name: Henkel's yellowwood. This species is native to South Africa.

They are dioecious trees of elegant bearing that reach 20 meters (65.6 feet) in height. The bright elongated and slightly falcate leaves are pendant and deep green or bluish in color. They produce male and female cones on separate plants.

They are used in public streets and parks, in gardens as isolated specimens, in small groups and in pots for patios and terraces.

Podocarpus henkelii grows in full sun or light shade exposures and in hot climates. It's better not to expose them to frost but they resist the occasional frost.

They grow in any type of soil but prefer deep, well-drained soil with organic matter.

Water frequently, waiting until at least the surface part of the substrate has dried.

Fertilize with compost or manure once in fall and again in late winter.

They can be lightly pruned in late winter to keep them compact.

They are resistant plants to the usual pests and diseases.

They are propagated from recently collected seeds sown in a hotbed with heat at the base; they can take 60 days to germinate.

Images of the tree Podocarpus henkelii or Henkel's yellowwood

Podocarpus henkelii