Kusamaki (Podocarpus macrophyllus)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Podocarpus macrophyllus

Plants are used for hedging in N. America[183]. The erect cultivar ‘Maki’ is commonly used[200].

The wood is used in making furniture, utensils, paper, and farm implements[266]..

  • Medicinal Use

    The stem bark is used in the treatment of worms (especially ringworm) and blood disorders[218].

    A decoction of the fruit is tonic for the heart, kidneys, lungs and stomach[218].

  • Edible Use

    Fruit – raw or cooked in pies, cakes etc[183]. The fruit is 12 – 15mm long[200].

  • Cautionary Notes

    Superficially similar to Taxus species, but this plant is definitely not poisonous[200].

Cultivation & Habitat

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[1]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe terminal shoots, 5 – 10cm long, July/August in a frame[78].
Prefers a rich moist non-alkaline soil[167]. Plants are hardy to about -25¡c[200]. This species is slow growing in Britain with annual increases in height of up to 20cm[185]. The trees tend to grow poorly in this country, they prefer areas with hot humid summers[200]. Tolerant of trimming[200]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200]. This species is normally dioecious, though monoecious forms are sometimes found[227]. Male and female plants must usually be grown if seed is required.
E. Asia – S. China, Japan.

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*None of the information on this website qualifies as professional medical advice. Take only what resonates with your heart and use your own personal responsibility for what’s best for you. For more information [brackets] [000], see bibliography.