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 (RHS).
It is only found in Chile where conversion from natural to plantation forest has seen a substantial decline in the population size and distribution.
Habitat degradation is the most widespread threat to this species' survival, which does not react well to the opening of forest cover and subsequent dehydration in summer months. In addition, harvesting for firewood has contributed to Podocarpus salignus being assessed on the IUCN Red List as Vulnerable, making it as threatened as the hippopotamus. Podocarpus salignus is protected in the Coastal Cordillera, where it is most threatened, within the Reserve Nacional Los Ruiles and the Parque Oncol, as well as one location in the Andes, the Reserva Forestal Malleco. (University of Oxford Plants).
Details Hand grafted and propagated at Lime Cross Nursery 'Podocarpus salignus' is also known in Chile as Mañío de hojas largas (long leaved)
Soil Type: Acid, alkaline, heavy clay, light sandy, normal. Aspect: Full sun. Foliage Type: Evergreen. Foliage Colour: Green Ultimate Height: 8-12 m. Ultimate Spread: 4-8m Time to ultimate height: 20-50 years. Pot Size: 3 litre and 10 litre. Special Attributes: It has lush foliage typified by the contrast in old darker green and new more lime greenish coloured growth.