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Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Prostrata'

Common Name(s):
Prostrate Japanese plum yew
Cultivar(s):
'Prostrata'
Category:
Shrubs
Comment:

Southern gardeners for years have dreamed of growing the common yew in their landscapes. Unfortunately, yews don’t like our hot, humid summertime weather. Here is a great alternative. If you are looking for an evergreen shrub with conifer-like foliage then look no further. The Japanese plum yew is the plant for you.

Plum yews make fine specimen plants and can also be used in groupings or in a mass planting or as a ground cover. They tolerate a wide range of soils and need very little maintenance. Locate in shade or partial shade, although well-established plants will grow successfully in full sun. The only complaint that one will hear about Japanese Plum Yews is their slow growth rate.

‘Prostrata’ is a low-growing plum yew that reaches 2 to 3 feet tall and 3 feet in width. Many plant experts agree that the landscape potential for plum yews in the Southeast has not been tapped. Best of all, Japanese plum yews are deer resistant.

 

Height:
2-3 ft.
Foliage:
Glossy, dark green leaves, new growth in spring is pale lime green; 0.7-1.7 in. distichously arranged needles that resemble a conifer
Flower:
Grown for foliage
Zones:
6 to 9
Habit:
Evergreen
Site:
Sun to partial shade; moist, well-drained soil; drought tolerant
Form:
Low, mounded; arching pendulous branches that arch up and out
Width:
2-3 ft.
Tags:
low maintenance, specimen, show stopper, showstopper, mass planting, deer resistant, evergreen

NCCES plant id: 1469

Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Prostrata' C. harringtonia 'Prostrata'
Photo by Phillip Merritt, CC BY-NC-SA - 2.0
Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Prostrata' C. harringtonia 'Prostrata' growth habit
Photo by Phillip Merritt, CC BY-NC-SA - 2.0