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Roman Candle Podocarpus

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  • USDA Growing Zones 7-10
  • 10-15 Feet Tall
  • 4-6 Feet Wide
  • Full Sun to Part Shade

The variegated Roman Candle Podocarpus features unique, nearly white foliage on new growth. The lightly colored foliage begins to appear each spring for a soft effect on a tough plant. That is, it stands up to heat. It is far from tough for the gardener, however, and is an easy-care and unique plant. Podocarpus shrubs are favorites for creating evergreen hedges for year-round color and privacy or screening.

Roman Candle Podocarpus creates a hedge with unique and variegated color. Each shrub can grow to about 10 to 15 feet high and 3 to 4 feet wide, so even a single shrub makes a pretty screen all year long. It grows at a moderate rate. Thriving in zones 7 through 10, this hardy evergreen can handle some heat. It is cold hardy to about 0 to 10 degrees in winter. Deer tend to ignore Podocarpus and Roman Candle should resist most pests and diseases.

Roman Candle Podocarpus Care

Grow Roman Candle Podocarpus is full sun or part shade in well-draining soil. Water the ground well before planting and give it average but regular watering as it grows. Your Podocarpus needs little pruning unless you want to shape it for a hedge. Prune in early spring before you begin to see the light green new foliage appear. Fertilize the shrub once a year in early spring.

Roman Candle Podocarpus Spacing

Roman Candle Podocarpus is a perfect plant to create privacy in your landscape. For a longer hedge, place the plants about 3 to 4 feet apart from center to center.

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Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 7-10 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

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Time of Order:

Winter to Early Spring

  • Is it warm enough to plant in the customer’s growing zone?
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    • The plants from the South will naturally be ready sooner than the plants from the North (If you have questions or concerns about when a plant will ship please email us at info@plantaddicts.com)


  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
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Fall into Winter

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Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.