Identification: Small tree, skinny leaves, catkins

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  1. wcutler

    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    I have no idea if this tree in Stanley Park opposite the Rose Garden is common and I should know it, or rare. Leaves are sort of yew-like without pointed tips; catkins are sort of birch-like.
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    Puddleton Active Member 10 Years

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    Hi Wendy
    it looks like a Podocarpus macrophyllus (plum pine) to me
     
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    Acerholic Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    Podocarpus macrophyllus, The Yew Plum Pine, or Japanese Yew. This is my offer of a name. Only concern is that the leaves are not drooping as is normal with the Yew Plum Pine.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Ditto to Podocarpus macrophyllus (Inumaki; NOT a pine, nor a yew!)
     
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Thank you all.
    Well, it's not common, but I should know it! I have photographed this in Hawai'i (in landscape), where I figured out the ID myself, but they had fruits (and the pollen cones as seen here).

    Ha-ha, nor a plum.

    Do you think it would be P. macrophyllus var maki? Or is that 'Maki'? I see both mentioned. This is around the maximum size for that.
     
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    Puddleton Active Member 10 Years

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    Hey Wendy
    Here's the fruit on one of our native P. elatus.
    elatus grows reasonably quickly to 30 metres.
    You can see how the name Yew plum came about
     

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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Thanks for the photo, @Puddleton. Actually, I do have a photo from 2015 of what I decided was Podocarpus macrophyllus in front of an apartment building in Waikiki.
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