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Prumnopitys andina - (Poepp. ex Endl.)deLaub.

Common Name Plum-Fruited Yew
Family Podocarpaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Humid woods between the coast and the hills[139], between latitudes 36 and 40°south[11].
Range S. America - S. Chile.
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Weed Potential No
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Frost Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Prumnopitys andina Plum-Fruited Yew


Prumnopitys andina Plum-Fruited Yew

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Prumnopitys andina is an evergreen Tree growing to 15 m (49ft) by 8 m (26ft) 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 from October to November. 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.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Podocarpus andinus.

Plant Habitats

Woodland Garden Secondary; Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Hedge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit  Seed
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked[105, 139, 177]. Aromatic with a taste like the sweetwater grape[11, 245]. The fruit is up to 20mm long and 15mm wide, it contains one seed[200]. Seed[11, 81]. No more details are given.

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

Hedge  Hedge  Wood

The plant is very tolerant of trimming and can be grown as a hedge[1, 29, 200]. Wood. Used to make furniture[139].

Special Uses

Hedge  Hedge  Scented Plants

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Cultivation details

Thrives in any good soil, including chalk[11, 81]. Requires a sheltered position[11]. A very ornamental plant[1], but it is in general very slow growing in Britain[11, 81], though slightly faster in the south-west[185]. Plants are usually dioecious though monoecious forms are known. Male and female plants must be grown if seed and fruit are required. The fruits are fragrant[245].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - it can be sown at any time of the year in a sandy soil in a greenhouse[1]. It can take 18 months to germinate[200]. 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 wood, July/august in a frame. Easy[1]. Cuttings of ripe wood with a heel in late summer.

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Prumnopitys ferrugineaMiroTree25.0 8-11 SLMHSNM203
Prumnopitys taxifoliaMataiTree25.0 8-11 SLMHSNM203

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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(Poepp. ex Endl.)deLaub.

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