Podocarpus acutifolius × lawrencei

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Credits

Tom Christian (2023)

Recommended citation
Christian, T. (2023), 'Podocarpus acutifolius × lawrencei' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/podocarpus/podocarpus-acutifolius-x-lawrencei/). Accessed 2024-07-24.

Glossary

hybrid
Plant originating from the cross-fertilisation of genetically distinct individuals (e.g. two species or two subspecies).
pollen
Small grains that contain the male reproductive cells. Produced in the anther.

Credits

Tom Christian (2023)

Recommended citation
Christian, T. (2023), 'Podocarpus acutifolius × lawrencei' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/podocarpus/podocarpus-acutifolius-x-lawrencei/). Accessed 2024-07-24.

A garden hybrid intermediate between the parents (whose wild ranges do not overlap). Plants reported under this cross are mostly the result of deliberate hybridisation by Graham Hutchins of County Park Nursery, UK, who predominantly used Podocarpus acutifolius pollen on both P. lawrencei and P. nivalis (Auders & Spicer 2012; Hutchins 1996) but this cross has also occurred spontaneously, on the scree at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, UK, where a male plant of P. acutifolius pollinated a nearby P. lawrencei ‘Alpine Lass’ (Edwards & Marshall 2019).

The noted American conifer taxonomist David de Laubenfels considered these two species conspecific (de Laubenfels 1985) despite the vast tract of ocean separating them. No major taxonomic work on conifers seems ever to have shared this opinion, but the ease with which they hybridise is interesting.


'Autumn Shades'

A slow-growing male plant with foliage which turns purple-bronze in the winter months. Selected from a batch of seedlings raised in 1985, the progeny of a deliberate cross made in the UK by Graham Hutchins (Auders & Spicer 2012).