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Afrocarpus falcatus

Outeniqua Yellowwood

A medium-sized to large conifer native to forests in Mozambique and South Africa with a rounded crown and soft, slightly bluish leaves to 5 cm (2 in.) long. Its durable wood is of excellent quality and much sought after for construction, furniture and other uses. It is also a great ornamental for warm temperate and tropical climates in USDA Zones 9 to 11 and easily shaped into hedges and screens.

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... are of high ornamental value
In USDA Zone 9a - Sarasota in USA they need very little care and grow normal.
Afrocarpus falcatus is known by many names. in Florida, it's usually called a Weeping Pododcarpus (although it has been technically declassified from the pododcarpus family). When left to grow to its full potential its large boughs will hang pendulously, almost buckling (but won't really) from the weight of its own dense foliage. Grows faster than common Podocarpus. Drought tolerance: Excellent! Could probably qualify for xeriscaping. It doesn't seem to mind having "wet feet" either. Light requirements: This tree will tolerate almost any light condition. I have a massive afrocarpus falcatus in my back yard and it has many seedlings growing in its shade. Conversely, the large crown is getting full sun all day. This tree will get big and its roots will bring up sidewalks if you plant it too close. However, I doubt that you see this happen in your lifetime. It is very tolerant of hard and light pruning. It can be cut into tight compact foliage masses. It might take a while to respond, but it will. One notable aspect of this tree is its tolerance of transplanting. I have transplanted 4 foot high saplings with no obvious stress on the tree. It can definitely be grown in a container. I am currently growing one in a shallow dish. I suspect it be grown inside given its high tolerance for shade and drought, but I've never tried it. It does not have showy flowers. I wouldn't classify its fruit as showy per se, but it could be at a smaller scale. The bark of the tree is really interesting looking on older specimens. It exfoliates in subtly multicolored patches. Salt tolerance is unknown.
Submitted on 23/12/2011 by Aaron Board

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms

The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms
by Robert Lee Riffle, Paul Craft, Scott Zona

2nd edition
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Hardcover - 528 pages
11 x 8.5 inches

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The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is the definitive account of all palms that can be grown for ornamental and economic use. Palms are often underutilized as a result of their unfamiliarity—even to tropical gardeners. To help introduce these valuable plants to a new audience, the authors have exhaustively documented every genus in the palm family.
825 species are described in detail, including cold hardiness, water needs, height, and any special requirements. Generously illustrated with more than 900 photos, including photos of several palm species that have never before appeared in a general encyclopedia, The Encyclopedia of Cultivated Palms is as valuable as an identification guide as it is a practical handbook. Interesting snippets of history, ethnobotany, and biology inform the text and make this a lively catalog of these remarkable plants.

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