It calls to mind the great gymnosperm forests that dominated the
earth's vegetation until the early Cretaceous period 125 million years
The Podocarpus family is found primarily in the Southern
Hemisphere. They naturally occur on each continent south of the
The Weeping Podocarpus comes from East Africa. It
is not very demanding in its nutritional requirements.
Do not confuse this with Podocarpus macrophyllus
(in photo at left) which is commonly used as hedging material, or as an
ornamental shrub (often planted a foot away from house foundations).
Weeping Podocarpus can get up to 50 feet tall, but it is
fairly slow-growing, so can be kept at around 10 feet as a
full-to-the-base ornamental accent, like the one at right.
Last updated: 12/20/2011