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Korean Gold Plum Yew

Cephalotaxus harringtonia ‘Korean Gold’

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Korean Gold Plum Yew

Cephalotaxus harringtonia ‘Korean Gold’

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Special Features
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Deer Resistant
Easy Care
Tolerates Acidic Soil

Botanical Name

Cephalotaxus harringtonia ‘Korean Gold’

Outdoor Growing zone


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Sun needs

Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade

The Korean Gold Plum Yew is a relative of the true Yew Tree, but it is much better adapted to warmer areas. So in the hotter parts of this country it makes a very superior choice to traditional yew, for that hard-to-fill shady area of the garden. It is an attractive and interesting evergreen with leaves similar to those of the Yew Tree, but a little longer. What it has, and the Yew Tree does not, is young growth that in spring and through summer is a beautiful and dynamic gold color, adding light exactly where it is needed – in shady spots – and avoiding the very dark green usually found in shade-loving evergreens. This tree will grow in time to be 15 feet tall and 9 feet wide, but it can be clipped if needed and needs very little if any maintenance. It is rarely bothered by deer and has no significant pests or diseases.

  • Dramatic golden foliage brings light to shady areas
  • Evergreen shrub that grows well even in deep shade
  • Broad upright form idea for filling dark corners
  • Ideal substitute for yew trees in hot regions where yew does not thrive
  • Untroubled by hot and humid summer conditions

In cooler areas the Korean Gold Plum Yew can be grown in full sun, but in the hottest areas it should be grown in partial or full shade. It will grow in all kinds of soil and just needs regular water, especially during its early years. Once well-established this tree is moderately resistant to dry conditions.