Fern Pine

Afrocarpus gracilior (formerly Podocarpus gracilior)

Podocarpus gracilior (Fern Pine) - full view

Full view

Podocarpus gracilior (Fern Pine) - leaves

Foliage detail

Podocarpus gracilior (Fern Pine) - bark

Bark detail

  • Size:

    Height: 20-35'; Spread: 10-20'

  • Growth:

    Moderate to fast

  • Character:

    Evergreen; irregular, upright form, dense canopy.

  • Foliage:

    Dark green, glossy, narrow leaves, 4" long. New foliage is light green.

  • Flower:

    Insignificant flowers.

  • Fruit:

    Insignificant fruit.

  • Bark:

    Rough, gray bark.

  • Watering:

    In general, 15-20 gallons per week for the first 2 years; 15-20 gallons twice a month for the 3rd year; as needed after 3 years (varies by soil, sun, and wind conditions).

  • Tree Care:

    Low. Early pruning needed to establish and maintain a central leader, and to develop good branch structure; pruning needed less frequently with age. Some pest control may be needed.

  • Tolerance:

    Sandy soil, moderate winds, fog, smog, dense shade or sun.

  • Special Considerations:

    Needs good drainage. Can be susceptible to aphids, scale and sooty mold.

  • Notable Traits:

    Native to Eastern Africa. Good tree for 2x3' basins and narrow sidewalks. Successful in shady spots.