The genus Cephalotaxus includes evergreen, coniferous shrubs and small trees grown for foliage resembling that of yews. Female plants also have small, plumlike 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 CharacteristicsEvergreen; grows well in shade; some are distasteful to deer.
CareChoose a sheltered site with fertile, moist but well-drained soil in partial shade. They can take full sun in cool, damp areas.
PropagationStart 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.