Genus: Plum yew Cephalotaxus Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais Plum yew (Cephalotaxus) sef-ah-lo-TAKS-us Cephalotaxaceae The genus Cephalotaxus includes evergreen, coniferous shrubs and small trees grown for foliage that resembles yews. Female plants also have small, plum-like fruit when planted near a male pollinator. Plum yews are especially useful because they grow in shade. Plant as hedging, in foundation plantings, or as specimens. Noteworthy characteristics: Evergreen. Grows well in shade. Some are distasteful to deer. Care: Choose a sheltered site with fertile, moist but well-drained soil in partial shade. They can take full sun in cool, damp areas. Propagation: Start seeds in a cold frame in fall or spring (after stratifying them). Or, take greenwood or semi-ripe cuttings of terminal shoots in summer or fall. Problems: Infrequent. Species, varieties and clutivars for genus Cephalotaxus 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Plum yew Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Korean Gold' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Plum yew Cephalotaxus harringtonii 'Prostrata' View the discussion thread.