Nagi Foliage

Common Names: Nagi, Podocarpus, Japanese Yew, Japanese Laurel,

Botanical names: Podocarpus macrophyllus

Availability: Year round

Vase life: Two to three weeks

Storage temperatures: 36 - 38 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: No

Description: Small elongated and lance-shaped leaves, 2 to 4 inches in length. The foliage is dense and has a smooth and glossy texture. The density gives the foliage a lush and full appearance.

Color: Various shades of green

Botanical facts: “Nagi” in Japanese means calm or serene, so the name of this tree may reflect cultural perceptions linked to the tree.

Design notes: Nagi foliage can add depth and dimension to arrangements, creating a lush backdrop for flowers. It is commonly used in wreathes, wedding arches and garlands because of its long lasting quality.

Purchasing hints: Purchase undamaged stems with turgid glossy foliage. Avoid stems exhibiting leaf fall.

Conditioning: Cut the stem ends with as sharp knife. Hydrate in water mixed with a commercial floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: The Sacred Nagi Tree of Kumano Hayatama Taisha is a Natural Monument of Japan and was planted as a memorial in 1159 CE.