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Japanese Plum Yew

Cephalotaxus harringtonii

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Japanese Plum Yew

Cephalotaxus harringtonii

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Botanical Name

Cephalotaxus harringtonii

Outdoor Growing zone

6-9

Mature Height

5-10

Mature Width

5-10

Sun needs

Partial Sun, Shade

The Japanese Plum Yew is fantastic substitute for English yew in hotter parts of the country, and an attractive plant in its own right. This evergreen shrub has long, dark green needles like the yew tree, but it thrives in the heat and humidity of the south. It is very shade tolerant, and it will grow even in full dark shade. It grows into a dense bush to 10 feet tall and wide, and it can easily be clipped into shapes and hedges, just like English yew can be. Female trees may produce plum-like fruits which are highly regarded for eating in Japan.

  • Excellent evergreen for shady beds and beneath trees
  • Reliable replacement for yew in hotter zones
  • Attractive foliage, with long, dark-green needles
  • Can be trimmed as needed
  • Produces edible fruits

Grow the Japanese Plum Yew in partial or full shade. It will also grow in full sun in zone 6. It is easy to grow, preferring sandy, moist, well-drained soil, but tolerating some drought once it is well-established. It normally has no pests or diseases, and deer leave it completely alone. It is not poisonous like English yew, and this easy, low-care plant is extremely useful for filling shady areas, especially in hotter zones.

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