Podocarpus l. 'Blue Gem' #1


Podocarpus lawrencei 'Blue Gem' is a coniferous shrub that has thick, blunt foliage creating a yew like look. Spring growth emerges purplish, producing lush, red "mountain plums" rather than cones. The needles then mature to a green with a blush cast color that holds through winter. The arched branches create a rounded, spreading form, but can be sheared to any shape.  Not made for our climate but a great Bonsai specimen!!

  • Light: full sun to part shade
  • Soil: well drained, regular garden soil
  • Height at maturity: 4'
  • Width at maturity: 6'
  • Growth habit: globe
  • Growth rate: 3 - 6" per year
  • Zones: 8 - 11

Images are used for general reference only. The size, shape and leaf color of each plant will vary.

This plant is not available for purchase online. Please call or visit the store for purchase.


Podocarpus are unique houseplants as they lend a very “tree-like” appearance with their fine leaves, and network of branches..

Light: Full sun to dappled sun is the best exposure to meet the demands of these plants.

Water: While Podocarpus have some drought tolerance, their foliage will look its best and freshest with fairly even watering. You can let the soil feel dry just a bit below the surface. Always avoid any excess or standing water.

Environment: A humid cushion is great for these plants - avoid any standing water on the leaves.

Toxicity: Reported to be toxic if ingested.

Of Note:

  • Rinsing leaves regularly will keep them clean and healthy.
Gray leaves indicate too much water / overwatering.

*When planting in a pot without a drainage hole, avoid over watering by estimating 25% of the container’s overall volume, with appropriate drainage materials incorporated when planting. Printable Care Sheet


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