S. China to N. Myanmar, Taiwan, Japan as per WCSP;
 


Podocarpus macrophyllus (Kusamaki or Inumaki) is a conifer in the genus Podocarpus, family Podocarpaceae. It is the northernmost species of the genus, native to southern Japan and southern and eastern China. Kusamaki (クサマキ) and Inumaki (犬槇) are Japanese names for this tree, and Kusamaki is increasingly being used as the English name as well, replacing the old, botanically inaccurate names Buddhist Pine and Fern Pine (it is not a pine). In China, it is known as 羅漢松 or luóhàn sōng, which literally means “arhat pine”.

It is a small to medium size evergreen tree, reaching 20 m tall.[2] The leaves are strap-shaped, 6–12 cm long, and about 1 cm broad, with a central midrib. The cones are borne on a short stem, and have 2-4 scales, usually only one (sometimes two) fertile, each fertile scale bearing a single apical seed 10–15 mm. When mature, the scales swell up and become reddish purple, fleshy and berry-like, 10–20 mm long; they are then eaten by birds, which disperse the seeds in their droppings.
P. macrophyllus occurs in forests, open thickets, and roadsides from near sea level to 1000 m.[2]

Kusamaki is the state tree of Chiba Prefecture, Japan. It is a popular large shrub or small tree in gardens, particularly in Japan and the southeastern United States. The ripe cone arils are edible, though the seed should not be eaten. Because of its resistance to termites and water, inumaki is used for quality wooden houses in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan.
Buddhist Pine is highly regarded as a feng shui tree in Hong Kong, giving it a very high market value. In recent years, the illegal digging of Buddhist Pine has become a problem in the city.[1]

(from  Wikipedia on 22.12.13)


 

 

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A native of China and Japan Podocarpus macrophyllus (Thunb.) Sweet ‘Japanese Yew’ or ‘Yew Pine’ is a popular ornamental shrub/ tree in the world.
Photograph is taken in Botanical Garden of Botanical Survey of India, Dehradun.

Thanks for sharing … Podocarpaceae has 18 genera.


 

 

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Podocarpus macrophyllus (Thunb.) D. Don,
Tree with 5-11 cm long linear lanceolate leaves, glossy above, paler beneath; fruit on a fleshy receptacle.
Photographed from Sunnyvale, California.


 

 

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Podocarpus macrophyllus ‘Maki’, a cultivar with densely leafy twigs and shorter leaves.
Photographed from Sunnyvale, California.


 
  

References:

The Plant List Ver.1.1  WCSP  Catalogue of life  GRIN  Flora of China  FoC illustration  India Biodiversity Portal  Wikipedia
Floriculture in India By Gurcharan Singh Randhawa, Amitabha Mukhopadhyay (1986) 

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