A picture of a Outeniqua Yellowwood

Outeniqua Yellowwood

Afrocarpus falcatus

Partial Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

10a

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

45m

Max

20m

2m

Min

2m

10 years to reach maturity

Outeniqua Yellowwood Overview

A majestic evergreen tree that can grow to the height of up to 50m in ideal conditions. Has a long straight trunk with peeling bark. The large, dense crown is often a roosting and nesting site for various birds. The wood is used extensively for furniture, roof beams, floorboards, door and window frames and boat building. Some of the famous yellowwood antiques seen throughout South Africa were made from the wood of this specific tree. Podocarpus falcatus could make an ideal indigenous substitute for the exotic pine trees currently being used in plantations.

Common problems with Outeniqua Yellowwood

Generally problem free.

    How to harvest Outeniqua Yellowwood

    Berry like seeds need to be harvested when fleshy part is yellow. Capsule needs to be removed before sowing as it inhibits germination.

    How to propagate Outeniqua Yellowwood

    Seed

    The seed must be pushed and bedded into the mixture and covered with a light layer of soil. The mixture must stay moist at all times. Some of the seed may take up to six months to germinate.

    Special features of Outeniqua Yellowwood

    Attracts birds

    Ripe fruits are eaten by bats, bushpigs, fruit-eating birds (Cape parrots, purple-crested, Knysna and Ross's louries, Rameron, African green and Delagorgue's pigeons).

    Hedge plant

    Can be pruned into hedges.

    Attractive leaves

    Other uses of Outeniqua Yellowwood

    Timber

    The wood is used extensively for furniture, roof beams, floorboards, door and window frames and boat building.

    Tanning

    The bark is used for tanning leather.