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Low and slow growing yew-like shrub. Normally arching branches take well to pruning and can handle drier garden spots.
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Here in the nursery, we almost always identify plants by their botanical names, especially when it comes to shrubs and trees. Common names are often deceptive and invariably will create confusion as to the true nature of a plant. Case in point, Podocarpus lawrencei 'Blue Gem' is commonly referred to as Blue Gem Mountain Plum Pine, but it is neither a plum nor a pine. To make things even messier, the foliage is very yew-like, so gardeners may think this evergreen shrub is a yew, and it's not. What 'Blue Gem' is, is a slow growing, evergreen, globe-shaped shrub that will eventually spread wider than it is tall. Springtime growth emerges a reddish-purple, then morphs to a blue-green color. Consider using 'Blue Gem' as a taller ground cover, or place it in drier spots in the garden.
|Common Name||Blue Gem Mountain Plum Pine|
|Mature Size||4 feet tall, up to 6 feet wide|
|Growth Rate||Slow, 3" - 6" per year|
|Cold Hardiness||-10 ° F|
|Light||Sun to partial sun|
|Structure||Low growing spreading|
|Uses||Rock gardens, xeriscapes, ground covers, retaining walls|
|Photos||Real images, not stock photos|
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