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A picture of a Henkel's Yellowwood

Henkel's Yellowwood

Podocarpus henkelii

Also known as

Drooping-Leaf Yellowwood, Henkel-Se-Geelhout (Afr.), Umsonti

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

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More images of Henkel's Yellowwood

Large old tree in Kirstenbosch Dell

Henkel's Yellowwood Overview

An attractive ornamental tree, this is one of the most recognisable of the yellowwoods. It can easily be distinguished from its close relatives by its long, slender, drooping leaves. It has a straight, well-formed trunk and naturally assumes a pyramid-shape as it grows, eventually becoming very tall. It makes a beautiful specimen in large gardens and parks. Yellowwoods have tap roots but care should be taken when planting close to buildings, swimming pools, pavement or other surrounding structures as they can grow quite large. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal.

Common problems with Henkel's Yellowwood

Generally problem free

    How to harvest Henkel's Yellowwood

    Generally not harvested as it is a protected tree in South Africa.

    How to propagate Henkel's Yellowwood


    Under normal nursery conditions, seed germination takes 2 months. The germination period can be shortened by placing the seed trays on bottom-heated benches.

    Special features of Henkel's Yellowwood

    Attracts birds

    Many birds and mammals feed on the fruit and disperse the seeds; but the kernels of the seeds are a favourite of the endangered Cape Parrot, who also loves to nest in large old yellowwoods.

    Hedge plant

    Drought resistant

    Pot plant