Plant Profile: Dwarf Podocarpus

by | Apr 12, 2021 | Plant Profiles

Dwarf Podocarpus is a medium-sized shrub that makes a great hedge and lends itself to shaping into topiaries very well because of the dense, narrow leaves resembling blades of grass or soft evergreen needles. The dark foliage and leaf texture create a nice contrast against homes or oth-er plants with lighter green or colorful leaves.

Dwarf Podocarpus will grow up to six feet tall, but can be easily maintained at three feet as opposed to non-dwarf Podocarpus varieties, which will grow into a tree if left untrimmed. This makes it an excellent foundation planting in front of windows or other areas where foliage needs to be maintained low.

In general, Podocarpus does not tolerate wet soils. It is winter-hardy in USDA Zones 7–9 where it is best grown in rich, slightly acidic, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Dwarf Podocarpus is also very drought-tolerant once established. It is a good choice for the challenging soil conditions often present in urban developments as long as soil drainage is adequate.