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Breede River Yellowwood

Podocarpus elongatus

Also known as

Cape Yellowwood

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

H5-H1c

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

20m

Max

6m

3m

Min

3m

More images of Breede River Yellowwood

Tree after storm
Buds sprouting from trunk
Crown of tree in Kirstenbosch
Large ,spreading old specimen in Kirstenbosch
New silvery foliage

Breede River Yellowwood Overview

Breede river yellowwoods are unlike other yellowwoods in that they, multi-stemmed and more bush-like than tree-like. They are handsome medium-sized garden trees and are the smallest of the South African yellowwoods, generally they are small trees, but when grown in sheltered, well-watered ravines they can grow much taller and more upright. Although the Breede River yellowwood produces good timber, comparable to that of the others, it is not of great economic importance because large straight pieces can seldom be obtained. P. elongatus has evolved a survival strategy that the other southern African yellowwoods have not, it's ability to resprout from epicormic buds i.e. buds on the trunk of the tree. In an undamaged tree with a full canopy the buds lie dormant, but if a tree falls or is knocked over or the crown is damaged and the trunks are exposed to the heat and light of the sun they spring to life sending out shoots that grow into branches that eventually repair the damage.

Common problems with Breede River Yellowwood

Generally problem free.

    Breede River Yellowwood Companion Plants

    Cunonia capensis, Olea capensis, Sclerophyllous shrubs

    How to harvest Breede River Yellowwood

    Generally not harvested

    How to propagate Breede River Yellowwood

    Cuttings

    Tip cuttings can be taken in spring and placed in a mist house. Take note they do not transplant easily.

    Seed

    Fresh seed must be sown soon after harvesting in late summer or autumn. Sow into deep trays, keep moist and shaded. It takes up to 3 months to germinate! In nature, bats will eats the seeds and digest the outer layer making germinating better!

    Special features of Breede River Yellowwood

    Attracts birds

    The fruits on female trees will attract a variety of birds to the garden.

    Hedge plant

    Drought resistant

    Pot plant

    Other uses of Breede River Yellowwood

    Although the Breede River yellowwood produces good timber, comparable to that of the others, it is not of great economic importance because large straight pieces can seldom be obtained.

    Other uses