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Podocarpus nivalis 'Jack's Pass' (m)

mountain totara 'Jack's Pass'

A slow-growing dwarf conifer to around 1m high, with a branching habit and dense foliage of small green yew-like leaves in spirals around the stems

Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
1–1.5 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Sand
Chalk
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Green
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Podocarpaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy, Spreading branched
Genus

Podocarpus can be evergreen shrubs or trees, with spirally arranged, but usually 2-ranked, leaves which may be linear or narrowly lanceolate; plum-shaped fleshy fruits are produced only where male and female trees grow together

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Tolerates a range of conditions, but prefers humus-rich, well drained soil, in full sun or light, open shade

Propagation

Propagate by semi-ripe cuttings in late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Low Maintenance
  • Banks and slopes
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Ground cover
  • Hedging and screens
Pruning

No pruning required, though may be shaped or trimmed as low hedging if desired

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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