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


Web 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.


Hi I just purchased a new house and this plant is in front of my house as part of my landscape. I am very hesitant to let it grow there cause it is very close to my wall. I hate to take it put because its beautiful but my question is does it grow very tall and would the roots damage my foundation? Can you trim it not to grow tall? Like 10 feet? Anyone have an idea?

David Olszyk

Hi Philip, podocarps are easy to shear to keep them in bounds. Roots are fibrous and spreading and not likely to damage a foundation in its first 100 years.


It did not survive my zone 9a in Ft Bend Co, TX and I tried twice, the winters were average mild, nothing unusually cold.

David Olszyk

your problem could very well have been too hot and too dry ... this is a plant for semi-tropical climates.

Web Editor

I'm in 9b, so a bit warmer than you, but in a Mediterranean climate in CA. Mine burn in frost here - the tips turn mauvey-pink and break off. It's not too unsightly but I fear that if we have a very cold winter they will get hit. Their winter hardiness is 25-30 degrees.


I’m also in zone 9b and wanted to know if your tree survived and how tall and wide you were able to grow it and how long did it take. Thanks

Donna Silberman

We have recently moved to Summerlin (Las Vegas) Nevada and chose to plant several Icee Blue podocarp for our landscape. They are against a terrace wall to create a screen...the problem is the summer direct sun has burned the leaves. If I move the plants to a shady area (my only choice) can they live with very little direct sunlight. Thanks!

David Olszyk

Hi Donna, if you consider that 1 hour of sun in Las Vegas equates to all day sun in many places, I don't think you'll have a problem.


I want to plant 5' (3.5 gal) 'Icee Blue' as a hedge. How far apart should I plant them?

Jesica Rodriguez

Hello I live in Houston and just planted my first blue tree, is there extra special care treatment I should promote so my tree grows tall and healthy?


Hello, I purchased a 3.58 gallon Icee Blue and would like to keep it as a container specimen. What soil do you recommend and how much should I go up on the pot size? I’m Zone 9a Roseville, CA.

David Olszyk

Hi Kellie ... a good mix for conifers is:

50% finely ground bark + 35% pumice + 15% compost ... Without seeing the plant, it's not possible to know if it needs to be up-potted yet.