The podocarpus hedge is an evergreen with needle-like foliage, red or purple berries and a high salt tolerance, according to SFGate. It is hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 8b to 11, and it does well around the coastal areas in those zones.
Podocarpus hedges should be planted in the warmest months from late spring to early fall. They prefer to grow in full to partial sun conditions and in slightly acidic, loamy soils. Soil should be well-draining and never damp or wet when the plant is first going into the ground. Podocarpus hedges are used in hedges, windbreaks, courtyards and as street trees.