Podocarpus alpinus Chocolate Box

Podocarpus alpinus 'Chocolate Box' is a dense, spreading, evergreen, coniferous shrub with small, rich green, needle-like leaves that are reddish-brown to bronze when young.

From late autumn through winter the leaves change entirely to a dramatic chocolate colour adding seasonal interest.

'Chocolate Box' in a 3L pot

How to grow

This colourful shrub will tolerate a wide range of soils, but grows best in moist but well-drained soil in full sun with shelter from cold, drying winds. It can be planted within the mixed bed, border for architectural interest and is very easy to maintain.