Podocarpus lawrencei × nivalis

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Tom Christian (2023)

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Christian, T. (2023), 'Podocarpus lawrencei × nivalis' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/podocarpus/podocarpus-lawrencei-x-nivalis/). Accessed 2024-05-27.



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Tom Christian (2023)

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Christian, T. (2023), 'Podocarpus lawrencei × nivalis' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/podocarpus/podocarpus-lawrencei-x-nivalis/). Accessed 2024-05-27.

Garden hybrids intermediate between the parents (whose wild ranges do not overlap) forming shrubs of slow to moderate growth, to 2 × 2 m in ten years, often smaller. Plants reported under this cross are the result of deliberate hybridisation; the cultivars listed below were raised in the UK by Graham Hutchins of County Park Nursery, Hornchurch, Essex, unless otherwise stated (Auders & Spicer 2012).


A broad, compact, slow-growing shrub to 50 × 50 cm in ten years. In spring the new growth is pale orange-red, ageing to green in the summer months before turning orange-red again in autumn. It colours best in exposed positions. Raised 1986 (Auders & Spicer 2012).

'Chocolate Box'

A shrub to 2 × 2 m in ten years producing rather vigorous, upright shoots that later arch over the plant. Foliage dull green, turning ‘a very rich, deep, dark reddish brown in winter’ especially after exposure to frost. Raised c. 1986 (Auders & Spicer 2012).

'County Park Fire'

A shrub growing wider than tall, the new spring growth flushing cream, then developing pinkish hues before maturing green in summer, finally turning bronze in winter. Once established it produces bright red female cones in autumn. To 0.6 × 1.5 m in ten years. Raised in 1985 and later named for its place of origin, the County Park Nursery in Essex, UK (Auders & Spicer 2012).


A compact shrub like ‘Blaze’ but with pinkish-yellow spring growth. In ten years to 0.6 × 0.75 m. Raised c. 1986 (Auders & Spicer 2012).


An unusual selection of upright, conical habit, with green summer foliage turning rich reddish brown in winter, especially in cold, exposed positions after frost. In ten years to 1.4 × 0.6 m. Raised from seed in 1990 and introduced to commerce by Kilworth Conifers c. 2012 (Auders & Spicer 2012).


A small rounded shrub, similar to ‘Blaze’ but with pale orange spring growth and not bronzing so strongly in winter. In ten years to 0.6 × 0.7 m. Raised in 1986 (Auders & Spicer 2012).

'Red Embers'

A shrub to 1 × 1 m in ten years. Leaves green in summer, taking on bronzey hues by autumn, then variably burgundy through to reddish chocolate-brown in winter (Hatch 2021–2022). As with most of these cultivars the winter colouration is probably strongest after frost. Origin uncertain: it is not listed by Auders & Spicer (2012) nor in the last Hillier Manual (Edwards & Marshall 2019), but it has become quite widespread in commerce in the last few years, particularly in the UK.

'Spring Sunshine'

Similar to ‘Country Park Fire’ but somewhat faster growing and with cream coloured spring growth. A floriferous female clone raised in 1985 (Auders & Spicer 2012).

'Young Rusty'

A dense shrub with strongly ascending, later arching new growth, which produces abundant female cones. The foliage turns a deep rust-red to brown colour in winter. To 1 × 1.3 m in ten years. Raised 1986 (Auders & Spicer 2012).