Plum yew

Cephalotaxus harringtonii 'Prostrata'

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Plum yew (Cephalotaxus harringtonii 'Prostrata')
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Genus:  Cephalotaxus

This slow-growing dwarf conifer has a wide, rounded crown and narrowly furrowed, partially peeling bark. Needles, 1 to 1.5 inches long, are arranged on V-shaped ranks on each shoot.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Perfect for tight spaces. Reaches half its mature size in 15 years. Spreading and low-growing cultivar.

Care: 

May be hardy in Zone 5 if protected from wind. Grow in moist, well-drained soil.

Propagation: 

Root greenwood or semi-ripe cuttings cuttings of terminal shoots in summer or autumn. Cuttings from side shoots seldom develop normally.

Problems: 

Infrequent.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Growth Pace
Slow Grower
Light
Part Shade to Full Shade
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Interesting Bark
Flower Color
Greenery
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Woodland Garden
Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Type
Shrubs

Cephalotaxus harringtonii 'Prostrata'