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Duke Gardens Yew Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Duke Gardens'

Phonetic Spelling
sef-ah-loh-TAKS-us har-ring-TOH-nee-ah
Description

Commonly called  Plum Yew,  Cephalotaxus harringtonia a dioecious coniferous evergreen that is native to shaded woodland areas of north-eastern Asia. This plant prefers well-drained soils and part to full shade and will grow to around 2-4 feet tall and 2-4 feet wide. This shrub is drought tolerant after established as well as heat tolerant but is not wind tolerant. This plant is particularly resistant to damage by deer.

Its name is derived from the greek words kephale and Taxus meaning 'head' and 'yew' respectively. The specific epithet harringtonia was given in recognition of the Earl of Harrington who became an early adopter and enthusiast of the species in the early 19th century. The species 'Duke Gardens' is a variety that was discovered at Duke Gardens in Durham, North Carolina and is noted for its compactness.

This plant produces "fruit" similar to plums which are edible, hence its common name 'Plum Yew'. However, being a dioecious plant, it requires one male plant for the female plants to produce fruit.

 

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Cephalotaxus
    Species:
    harringtonia
    Family:
    Taxaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Deer browsing
    Edibility:
    Edible fleshy fruit that resemble plums
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Arching
    Oval
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    A confier that does not bear cones but fleshy seeds that resemble a berry only on female plants.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Description:
    Male and female flowers on separate plants.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Leaf Type:
    Needles
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    1-2.5 in. glossy, dark green leaves; aromatic fragrance
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought