Buddhist pine is a tree from the genus Podocarpus, family Podocarpaceae. You may know this tree by many names: yew plum pine, Buddhist pine, fern pine, and Japanese yew. This evergreen plant will be an exquisite decoration of any garden.
Externally, Podocarpus macrophyllus is a tree 26-66 feet (8-20 meters) tall with thick, curved horizontal branches. The bark is dark gray, rough, later cracked, and partially crumbling. The needles are straight, dark green, and shiny on the front side. Mature seeds 10-12 mm long, oval, dark purple, with a waxy coating, resemble a cherry fruit in appearance.