Characteristics of Breede River Yellowwood Tree (Podocarpus elongatus) in the Wild

Podocarpus elongatus
Breede River Yellowwood or Breeriviergeelhout is a species of conifer tree in the Podocarpaceae family native to South Africa.

This tree grows to resemble a large, round, and multi-stemmed shrub. The Breede River Yellowwood tree has leaves like most Podocarpus trees, which are long, bluish-green, and stiff.

The Breede River Yellowwood tree is commonly found growing to form large, low shrubs, roughly resembling huts. It is the only South African Yellowwood species that continues to grow when their main stem is damaged. It is also a species of tree that can grow in moist soil such as on the banks of rivers.

Their ability to form undergrowth is important for their survival, so if they are disturbed by floods, forest fires, or other natural climates, their main stems are still saved because they are in the midst of thick leaves and dense branches.

 

Characteristics of Breede River Yellowwood Leaf

Podocarpus elongatus Leaf
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The leaves are long, bluish silver in color.

 

Characteristics of Breede River Yellowwood Fruit

Podocarpus elongatus Fruit
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The fruit is like a small berry, green when young and red when ripe.

 

Characteristics of Breede River Yellowwood Tree

Podocarpus elongatus Tree
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The Breede River Yellowwood tree is endemic to South Africa, to be precise on the Breede River, Western Cape to the Cedarberg Mountains. The tree is often traded as an ornamental tree in gardens and landscapes.

This is unlike most other Podocarpus trees because the Breede River Yellowwood needs a native climate like the one in which they grow. That said, they are difficult to cultivate outside of their natural habitat.

 

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