Scientific: Afrocarpus macrophyllus (formerly named Podocarpus macrophyllus)
Common: yew pine, Buddhist Pine,
Family: Podocarpaceae (a gymnosperm)
Origin: Central China and southern Japan

Pronounciation: A-fro-CAR-pus ma-crow-FIL-lus

Hardiness zones
4-9, 12-24
USDA 7 -11

Landscape Use: Medium to large background/screening plant, informal to formal hedges, northern exposures, softens tall stark building faces, container plant, atriums (here's one in the City Tower atrium of Cleveland, OH), and mesic landscape designs.

Form & Character: Evergreen, erect, upright and stiff, yew like.

Growth Habit: Moderate to fast, 15 to 50 feet with ultimate 10 feet spread, though mostly more columnar.

Foliage/Texture: Lanceolate to linear, 3 to 6 inches long, dull green on dull green angular stems, new foliage bright green; medium texture.

Flowers & Fruits: Flowers are inconspicuous. The flowers are dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required). Fruits, lacking a basal, fleshy receptacle, one or two together at the end of short leafy branchlets are small, berry like, single seeded, green changing to yellow.

Seasonal Color: None

Temperature: Heat sensitive, especially when young. Plant on north sides of buildings for heat protection.

Light: Partial to full shade in Phoenix. No reflected sunlight.

Soil: Tolerant

Watering: Regular

Pruning: Head back, top to control height growth if warranted.

Propagation: Seed or cutting. Seed propagated trees are upright, cutting propagated trees need ample staking when young to establish upright posture. The seed can be sown at any time of the year in a sandy soil in a warm greenhouse, though it is probably best sown as soon as it is ripe.

Disease and pests: Spider mites

Additional comments: All species of Afrocarpus are native to Africa. Yew pine is a nice clean, large and upright shrub to small tree. Plant yew pine in appropriate locations, and don't underestimate the eventual size of this upright plant.

The stem bark of yew pine is used in the treatment of worms (especially ringworm) and blood disorders. A decoction of the fruit is tonic for the heart, kidneys, lungs and stomach.