Dwarf podocarpus embodies everything we love in a small green shrub...carefree durability, rich color, and it's happy anywhere we plant it - sun or shade.
This fine-textured plant's hardiness and slow growth habit make it one of South Florida's best low-maintenance shrubs.
You can sculpt it or let it grow into its natural mounded form with little trimming needed.
The evergreen foliage is deep green (a beautiful, deeper blue-green in shadier spots), highlighted by bright, light green new growth.
Its size is ideal for small yards or large as a low hedge, foundation planting, or almost anything else you can think of.
This shrub is moderately drought-tolerant once established, and grows slowly to about 3 feet tall, though you can keep it somewhat smaller if you like.
It's cold-hardy and does fine anywhere in South Florida.
Sun or shade - this tough little plant doesn't care. And because it's salt-tolerant you can use it in beachfront locations.
Add top soil or organic peat moss combined with composted cow manure to the hole when you plant.
Trimming is optional...some people like a more manicured look and hedge-trimming this plant works fine. If you like a more natural look, trim now and then for size or shape - or not at all.
Fertilize 3 times a year (spring, summer and autumn) with a quality granular fertilizer.
Though it's considered moderately drought-tolerant, a podocarpus shrub always looks better with regular watering - especially if it's sitting in a sunny location. Give it time to dry out between waterings and be sure it's placed in a well-drained area.
Place these shrubs about 2-1/2 feet apart.
Come out from the house 2-1/2 feet or more.
This plant works fine in containers and can even be trimmed as a bonsai.
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