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Blue Gem Mountain Plum Pine

Podocarpus lawrencei 'Blue Gem'

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Blue Gem Mountain Plum Pine (Podocarpus lawrencei 'Blue Gem') at GardenWorks

Blue Gem Mountain Plum Pine foliage

Blue Gem Mountain Plum Pine foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Blue Gem Mountain Plum Pine (Podocarpus lawrencei 'Blue Gem') at GardenWorks

Blue Gem Mountain Plum Pine

Blue Gem Mountain Plum Pine

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  12 inches

Spread:  12 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6b

Description:

This is a showy dwarf evergreen shrub with noticeable reddish new growth atop the older steel blue needles; changes to a bronzy-purple in late fall; adds a wonderful texture to a border or rock garden

Ornamental Features

Blue Gem Mountain Plum Pine has attractive steel blue foliage which emerges brick red in spring. The needles are highly ornamental and turn purple in fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Blue Gem Mountain Plum Pine is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and can be pruned at anytime. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Blue Gem Mountain Plum Pine is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Blue Gem Mountain Plum Pine will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. It has a low canopy. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Garden 
Applications
Foliage Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features


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