Growing in full sun or partial shade, this plant will tolerate a wide range of well-drained soils and should be protected from frost. It is considerably tolerant of dry soils, requiring no irrigation once established. Do not plant in poorly drained soil. It can make a beautiful street or parking lot tree, but lower branches need to be removed with time as the tree grows, since they tend to droop and could hinder traffic visibility (see pruning instructions below for caring for these lower branches). Should be hardy up to Orlando, perhaps even farther north. The one in Gainesville is killed back several feet when temperatures get to around 20 degrees.
is a tough plant which can grow very well in urban conditions. I have
seen it perform well in California, Florida and Arizona. The trunk will
slowly grow to be 2 foot in diameter or larger. Very adapted to downtown,
restricted-soil planting sites, the roots rarely lift sidewalks or cause
other problems if planted in wide enough spaces. Pollen from males trees
causes significant allergies in certain people; females produce no pollen.
Weeping Podocarpus Photos
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