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Answer to the Front Page Picture of the Week Question
for May 27th - June 6th, 2005

Picture of Podocarpus macrophylls.  Click here for a larger image.
This is Podocarpus macrophylls, or Buddhist pine

In the wild this evergreen can reach up to 50 feet tall, but the one featured here is only 48 inches (right panel). This bonsai Buddhist pine has been in training for almost 50 years. Not only does this tree make a nice trained plant, it is well suited for some of the most unbearable urban conditions. Studies have shown that the Buddhist pine can tolerate heavy air pollution, partial shade, cramped spaces (parking lot islands or stairwells), poor drainage and compacted soil.

The structure featured on the left above is the catkin, which contains many tiny flowers. The flowers will eventually bear edible purple fruit. Podocarpus macrophyllus is hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 8-11.
You can view this Buddhist pine in Chinese Pavilion at the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum.

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