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Podocarpus macrophyllus var. ‘Maki’

Maki Shrubby Yew, yew plum pine

  • Category: Shrub
  • Mature Height: 8-12'
  • Mature Width: 4-5'
  • Light Requirements: Part Sun
  • Water Requirements: Needs consistent water
  • Hardiness Zones: , , , ,

Shrubby yew, or Podocarpus macrophyllus var. maki, is a slow growing evergreen shrub with a slightly irregular pyramidal habit and narrow, lance-like densely growing foliage. Maki’ is smaller and more compact than other varieties of yew. A dioecious (male and female plants) native of Japan and China, female plants have bluish purple fleshy fruits that are poisonous if eaten. While yews grow best in partial sun, they can tolerate a range of sun exposures if they receive consistent water. Yews prefer a neutral to slightly-acidic well-drained soil. If these plants seem to struggle ins soils with a high pH, you can add a pelletized sulfur to the soil. Wet soils or over watering will send yews into decline. Provide a balanced fertilizer in early spring and late summer to promote good growth and overall health. Plants are deer resistant and practically pest free. Maki can be sheared into a formal shape or allowed to branch freely in a more natural style. Use as a vertical structure specimen, a privacy hedge, or a container accent. With so many ways to feature maki’ in the landscape, this versatile, easy-care plant is a must-have evergreen shrub.

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