How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Podocarpus, African fern pine, Yew pine—Podocarpus spp.
Family Podocarpaceae (Podocarpus family)

Plant Identification

Podocarpus spp. are adaptable evergreen trees or shrubs.  Leaves are needlelike.  Female plants will bear small, fleshy fruit after many years if male plants are nearby. 

Optimum conditions for growth

Podocarpus is often planted as screens or background plants.  They can be grown as street, lawn, patio, or garden trees, as hedges, or in containers.  They do well in areas with full sun or part shade.  They are tolerant of most soil types but may become yellow in alkaline, heavy, or damp soils.  Provide regular amounts of water and good drainage. 

Foliage of Podocarpus
Foliage of Podocarpus sp.

Pests and disorders of Podocarpus spp.


Environmental disorders



Fruit of Podocarpus
Fruit of Podocarpus sp.

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