Podocarpus lawrencei × nivalis / hybrid plum-pine

Podocarpus lawerenci × nivalis is the designation given to a group of synthetic hybrids of mountain plum-pine (P. lawrencei) and alpine totara (P. nivalis), made in the 1980s by Graham and Margaret Hutchins at County Park Nursery, Hornchurch, United Kingdom.

Plants tend to be shrubby, irregularly globose and extremely colorful.

The P. nivalis genetics gives these hybrids a slight advantage in cold hardiness as compared with P. lawrencei, and should be perfectly hardy in USDA Zones 7 to 9.

Podocarpus lawrencei × nivalis — this example is the named cultivar 'County Park Fire'.
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