Podocarpus - Knowledgebase Question

Santa Monica, ca
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Question by doreen2
December 6, 2006
I need to know whether podocarpus has an invasive root system. I have several trees close to my swimming pool and have heard that the roots can crack the cement. Is this true?

Doreen Lewin

Answer from NGA
December 6, 2006
Podocarpus macrophyllus (yew podocarpus) is a slow growing 40-50? evergreen tree that branches low to the ground and produces leathery lance shaped leaves. It has found extensive use as a semi-formal hedge (best appearance if hand pruned) admired for the dark green foliage and dense growth. An added advantage, Podocarpus has non-invasive roots so it can be planted close to a sidewalk, and appears to resist wind damage. It will grow on a range of moist but free draining soils, preferring those that are slightly acidic. Organic mulch is beneficial, both conserving soil moisture and slowly enriching the soil. I don't think you'll have problems with the roots near your pool.

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