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Long Leafed Yellowood*

Podocarpus henkelii

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Long Leafed Yellowood (Podocarpus henkelii) at Alsip Home and Nursery

Long Leafed Yellowood

Long Leafed Yellowood

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Long Leafed Yellowood (Podocarpus henkelii) at Alsip Home and Nursery

Long Leafed Yellowood foliage

Long Leafed Yellowood foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  40 feet

Spread:  25 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  7


A unique and beautiful tree that grows naturally into an irregular column with upward reaching branches draped with long, elegant dark green leaves; occasional pruning of erratic shoots; can be maintained as an informal screen

Ornamental Features

Long Leafed Yellowood has attractive dark green foliage which emerges light green in spring. The glossy narrow leaves are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The furrowed gray bark and brown branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Long Leafed Yellowood is a dense evergreen tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and can be pruned at anytime. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Long Leafed Yellowood is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade
  • Vertical Accent
  • Hedges/Screening

Planting & Growing

Long Leafed Yellowood will grow to be about 40 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 25 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 6 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Shade  Articulation  Screening 
Foliage Color  Texture  Bark  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features