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Needle Leaved Totara

Podocarpus acutifolius

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Needle Leaved Totara (Podocarpus acutifolius) at Johnson Brothers Garden Market

Needle Leaved Totara

Needle Leaved Totara

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Needle Leaved Totara (Podocarpus acutifolius) at Johnson Brothers Garden Market

Needle Leaved Totara foliage

Needle Leaved Totara foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  6 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  6b

Other Names:  Westland Totara


A hardy, small growing specimen with yew-like needle foliage; can be pruned to form a compact shrub or hedge; adds interesting texture to the garden

Ornamental Features

Needle Leaved Totara has attractive green foliage which emerges chartreuse in spring. The small needles are highly ornamental and remain green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Needle Leaved Totara 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.

Needle Leaved Totara is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Needle Leaved Totara will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This shrub should only be grown in full sunlight. 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 species is not originally from North America.

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