Podocarpus plants are often referred to as Japanese yews; however, they are not a true member of the Taxus genus. It is their needle-like leaves and growth form that is similar to the yew family, as well as their berries. The plants also have severe toxicity similar to yew plants. In the garden, growing a Podocarpus tree provides ornamental beauty combined with ease of care. Podocarpus plant care is considered minimal. This is a tough, adaptable plant, capable of surviving in a variety of sites.