The Buddhist Pine (Podocarpus) is an elegant and graceful plant with grass-like foliage. It is native to southern Japan and southern and eastern China – alternative common names, Southern yew and Kusamaki, reference these two regions. This plant is a slow growing conifer that can reach up to 60’ in its natural habitat, but remains smaller when forced to grow in a container. Typically in a home or office setting you will see a columnar shaped Podocarpus that is 4-6’ feet tall.
Light: grows best in bright, filtered light
Water: Keep the soil moist but not soggy; allow the top two inches to dry out before watering. Brown leaf tips or gray needles indicate over- watering. One of the most common reasons a Podocarpus will get pests is because it is kept too dry, or is in a location that is too hot - it likes cooler temps
Fertilizer: Fertilize with 1/2 the recommended strength of balanced houseplant fertilizer monthly during growing season. Best way to fertilize is to spray the liquid food directly on the leaves and to never put food in the central cup
Pet Friendly: No - toxic to dogs and cats can cause vomiting and diarrhea
Botanical name: Podocarpus macrophyllus
Common name: Buddhist Pine
Plants in picture will not be exact plant.