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C O M M O N  N A M E : Japanese Plum Yew
O R I G I N : China, Japan, Korea
F A M I L Y : Cephalotaxaceae
Z O N E :  6 to 9
T Y P E :  Needled evergreen
H E I G H T :  avg. 5 to 10' shrub; 20 to 30' tree
S U N : Partial shade to full shade
S O I L : Loam or sand, highly acidic to neutral
M O I S T U R E : Medium

T A G S :  shrub, dwarf, screen, heavy shade tolerant, dioecious coniferous evergreen, accent, group, mass, mass

D E S C R I P T I O N 

Slowly and steadily, the Japanese Plum Yew can grow up to 4' high in the span of 10 years. With training, it can stand up to heights of 30' at maximum as a tree. For a small garden, it is ideal to plant next to neighboring dwarf conifers; this provides texture, depth and anchoring. 


F O L I A G E    

The leaf type is simple and linear, the arrangement alternate and the margin, entire. 3/4 to 1 2/4" in length and an eighth in width. V-shaped in pattern, the leaves rise up from the stem. The color of the leaf is dark green with intense luster, almost waxy in appearance. 

C A R E 

Transplanting is easier with container grown Japanese Yew. Moist and well-drained soil to establish it and later on can withstand drought. Situate it in a shaded environment.







"Manual of Woody Landscape Plants," by Michael Dirr.