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Podocarpus salignus - D.Don.

Common Name Willowleaf Podocarp
Family Podocarpaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards Superficially similar to Taxus species, but this plant is definitely not poisonous[200].
Habitats Temperate rain forests[214].
Range Southern S. America - S. Chile.
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Weed Potential No
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Frost Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Podocarpus salignus Willowleaf Podocarp


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Podocarpus salignus Willowleaf Podocarp
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Podocarpus salignus is an evergreen Tree growing to 12 m (39ft) by 5 m (16ft) at a slow rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 8. It is in leaf all year, and the seeds ripen in October. The species is dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required). and is pollinated by Wind. The plant is not self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid and neutral soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Canopy; Secondary;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked. About 8mm long[200]. We have seen no reports for this species but it is most likely that the fruit is edible.

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Wood

Wood - straight grained, reddish, very durable lasting a long time in water, but it can be brittle. Used for construction work and cabinet making[1, 11, 46, 61, 128].

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Prefers a rich moist non-alkaline soil[167]. Shade tolerant, at least when young[200]. This species is hardy to about -25°c, but the plants grow best in humid areas with high rainfall and mild winters[200]. Plants often fruit freely in Britain and self-sow freely in Cornwall[200]. A good plant for the rock garden[200]. Very tolerant of pruning[200]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200]. Dioecious. Male and female plants must be grown if seed is required.

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Propagation

The seed can be sown at any time of the year in a sandy soil in a warm greenhouse, though it is probably best sown as soon as it is ripe[1]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe terminal shoots, 5 - 10cm long, July/August in a frame[78].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Readers comment

Susan Carucci   Thu Dec 16 12:07:07 2004

Tis is the first info site on the podocarp tree worth printing and saving. Kudos to the reasercher.

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