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Podocarpus macrophyllus - Buddhist Pine


  • A beautiful, small (in Europe) conifer tree from Japan. It has long, falcate, leathery, evergreen leaves which have a pointed end and a distinct midrib. A very ornamental tree and very unusual in Europe, even to have one is a joy.  At maturity, the scales become soft, swollen, brightly coloured (red to purple) and fleshy. The scales are eaten by animals which then disperse the seeds in their droppings. The plant is dioecious, therefore one would need both a male and female plant to produce fruit. The fleshy aril is edible, it tastes like blueberry and grape together. ALL other parts of the plant are toxic.

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