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Yew Plum Pine

Podocarpus macrophyllus

Also known as

Buddhist Pine, Fern Pine, Yew pine, Kusamaki, Bigleaf podocarp, Podocarp

Podocarpus macrophyllus by Greg Hume (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








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Yew Plum Pine Overview

Podocarpus macrophyllus is a coniferous, evergreen tree species from the Podocarpaceae family. This species originates from southern Japan, southern and eastern China and it is commonly known by the names Yew Plum Pine, Buddhist Pine and Fern Pine. it can grow up to 20m in height, producing strap-shaped foliage between 6-12cm in length. Cones form on short stems, they are small and develop to a red-purple colour, becoming fleshy and berry-like, popular with birds. It is a popular garden plant, often grown as a shrub or small tree, especially in the southeastern United States and Japan and it may also be used for bonsai.

How to propagate Yew Plum Pine


Propagate by seed sown in autumn or spring (but forms selected for leaf colour do not come true).


Evergreen current growth cuttings in autumn to spring. Deciduous softwood cuttings in summer.

Special features of Yew Plum Pine

Attractive fruits

Attracts birds

Other uses of Yew Plum Pine

Ornamental, foliage, border, hedging, container