Podocarpus lawrencei 'Blue Gem' / Blue Gem mountain plum-pine

Podocarpus lawrencei 'Blue Gem' is a spreading, female clone of mountain plum-pine, with dense, high, ground-covering structure, and laterally spreading branching with nodding branch tips. Foliage is blue-green in color, but creamy with a purple tinge during its spring foliage push. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 4 feet (1.3 m) tall, with up to a 10 foot (3 m) spread, an increase from the terminal branches of 1 foot (30 cm) or more. This conifer is easily controlled through rigorous shearing and removing of the terminal "whip branches'' on a regular basis.

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in the early 1980s by Jos Kolster Van Klaveren Plant Breeding, Dodges Ferry, Tasmania, Australia.

Podocarpus lawrencei 'Blue Gem' — a young specimen seen in the ACS Reference Garden, Oregon Garden, Silverton, OR.
Photo by Patrick Breen, courtesy of Oregon State University
Podocarpus lawrencei 'Blue Gem' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Patrick Breen, courtesy of Oregon State University

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