Podocarpus elongatus 'Monmal' / Icee Blue© Cape yellowwood

Podocarpus elongatus 'Monmal' is the cultivar name for Icee Blue© Cape yellowood. The originators at Monrovia nursery, inc. claim that it's the first Podocarpus tree with distinctive Blue foliage. New growth is lime-gray-Blue maturing to a cool gray-Blue-green on this excellent specimen, that is appropriate for use as a lawn or screen tree. One of the most beautiful and decorative pyramidal conifers for the Southern U.S.

After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 10 to 12 feet (3 - 4 m) tall and 4.5 feet (1.5 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 10 to 12 inches (25 - 30 cm). It is often and easily sheared to create hedges and topiaries.

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in 2004 at Monrovia Nurseries of Azuza, California, USA.

Podocarpus elongatus 'Monmal' Icee Blue©
Photo by Monrovia Nursery, inc.
Podocarpus elongatus 'Monmal' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Janice LeCocq
Janice M LeCocq


Website Editor

For those that can grow it (it's really a zone 9-10 plant, and the tips freeze here in my zone 9b), this is a superb choice to use next to maroon or dark green.