Podocarpus alpinus ‘Red Tip’ (syn. Podocarpus lawrencei) – This Podocarpus features soft-textured deep green foliage (with some blue undertones) that is highly contrasted by new growth that is cranberry red in colour. Those ‘red tips’ make it a highly desirable temporary addition to fall and Christmas planters, along with Wintergreen. Grows 3′ high by 3-4′ wide. Hardy to zone 7.
Podocarpus totara ‘Aurea’ – The Golden Totara is a native of New Zealand and features bright golden-yellow foliage that looks great in front of other green conifers. It makes for a striking specimen tree or an unusual hedging option. Good for coastal plantings as it tolerates wind exposure. It is generally pyramidal in shape. Grows 8-10′ high (taller in New Zealand) by 6-8′ wide. Zone 8.
Podocarpus alpinus ‘Blue Gem’ (syn. Podocarpus lawrencei) – A good option for those of you who like a conifer with dusky blue-green foliage, but dislike the prickliness of junipers. This dense spreading evergreen shrub is soft textured and much resembles Yew or Taxus. It grows about 6″ a year and spreads with light pruning. Grows 2-3′ high by 3-4′ wide. Zone 7.
Podocarpus x ‘Chocolate Box’ – This cross of Podocarpus alpinus (syn. lawrencei) and Podocarpus nivalis is a bit hard to find and features rich green foliage with reddish-brown to bronze new growth. From late autumn through winter it shifts entirely to a dramatic chocolate brown colour, adding seasonal interest. Prefers part to full sun. Grows 3′ high and wide. Hardy to zone 7.
Podocarpus nivalis ‘Kilworth Cream’ – A compact Podocarpus with a slightly rounded growth habit. It features green foliage heavily accented by creamy-white highlights throughout the year – which is a rare foliar colour in conifers. ‘Kilworth Cream’ prefers part to full sun exposures with evenly moist but well-drained soil. Grows 18-24″ high by 2-3′ wide. Hardy to zone 7.