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Muhovho-Hovho

Podocarpus latifolius

Also known as

Real Yellowwood, Geelhout, Opregte Geelhout (Afr.), Umsonti (Zulu), Muhovho-hovho ( Venda ), Umkhomba (Xhosa), Mogobagoba (Northern Sotho)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

8a-11b

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

35m

Max

10m

3m

Min

2m

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Podocarpus latifolius
Seed on female trees

Muhovho-Hovho Overview

The slowest growing indigenous yellowwood with probably the most sought after wood. The unusual textural appearance of the leaves makes it a good contrast or background for other trees. Its characteristics make these trees popular for bonsai. Due to past over-exploitation, little is now harvested for wood. RSA National Tree No’: 18 ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Western Cape.

Common problems with Muhovho-Hovho

No known pests and diseases.

    How to harvest Muhovho-Hovho

    Seeds are large, fleshy and oval maturing in summer, when ready for harvesting.

    How to propagate Muhovho-Hovho

    Seed

    Seed should be cleaned and sown fresh in a mix of sand and compost. Do not allow seeds to dry out or germination will be poor.

    Cuttings

    Propagate from seeds or cuttings.

    Special features of Muhovho-Hovho

    Pot plant

    Popular for bonsai.

    Hedge plant

    Plant close together to make an effective evergreen screen.

    Attracts birds

    Other uses of Muhovho-Hovho

    Suitable for coastal conditions.

    Timber

    Beautiful light yellow color.

    Other uses

    Edible