Yew pine

Podocarpus macrophyllus


The Yew pine is an evergreen tree growing with an upright and spiraling branching habit that can eventually reach 25-50 ft. tall, 15-20 ft. wide. It has handsome dark green linear leaves, 1/2 in. wide, 3-4 in. long. In contrast to its natural growth habit, the Yew pine is commonly clipped into tall and narrow shapes for formal uses along colonnades and for tall perimeter screens.

Yew pine is highly adaptable to many planting conditions and is a popular plant in commercial landscapes throughout the Inland Empire. It is native to temperate climate zones of China and Japan, and is naturally suited to areas with cool and moist winters and warm summers. It does best in well-drained loam soils with regular moisture, and in sunny or semi-shaded exposures.

Plant Type: Tree
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Upright, Narrow, Low-branching, Dense, Arching
Growth Rate: Moderate
Foliage Color: Dark green
Flower Color: Insignificant
Flower Season: Spring, Insignificant
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Loam
Exposure Adaptations: Morning sun, Heat, All day sun, Partial sun
Function: Screening, Residential spaces, Parks and open space, Foundations, Foliage accent plant, Espalier, Commercial spaces, Civic spaces, Background plant, Hedge
Height: 25 ft. – 50 ft.
Width: 15 ft. – 20 ft.