FAMILY: Cephalotaxaceae (Yew Family), also Taxaceae
NATIVITY: Japan and Korea.
GROWTH HABIT: Spreading shrub slightly smaller than the species, possibly broader than tall.
SIZE: 15’ to 25’ tall.
HARDINESS: Zone 6 to 9.
CULTURE: Can be grown in partial shade to full sun. Prefers moist, well-drained soils. Plants show considerable heat and drought tolerance. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants by Michael Dirr recommends it as a substitute plant for yew in southern gardens. Seems to tolerate pruning and shearing.
LANDSCAPE USE: Possibly some specimen use, but typically used in groups and mass plantings. This plant grows slowly and could be used in smaller areas than indicated by its mature size.
FOLIAGE: Spirally arranged foliage held in two planes that form a distinct v-groove on the upper surface of the branch. Leaves are ¾” - 1¾” long, with pointed apex and two gray bands beneath. Leaves may be slightly sickle-shaped.
BARK: Gray and exfoliating into strips.
CONE: Seed is oval in shape and 1 to 1¼” long and brown at maturity.
PROPAGATION: Seeds, cuttings (root slowly).
PESTS: None serious.
‘Duke Gardens’: 2’ to 3’ tall by 3’ to 4’ wide.
'Prostrata’: low spreading plant, only 2’ to 3’ tall.
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