Podocarpus is an easy-to-grow plant in temperate to mildly warm regions. It is not fussy about its lighting situation, although brighter light brings faster growth. Originally from Asia, the plant is a favorite of landscapers, both for its adaptability but also the way in which it can be grown. Pruning the plant to any desired shape does not offend it and even espaliering is an option. It is tolerant of air pollution, poor drainage, compact soil and even drought, once established.