Cephalotaxus harringtonia ‘Duke Gardens’

('Duke Gardens', Japanese Plum Yew)

Size Price
2-GALLON $39.99
3-GALLON $49.99
5-GALLON $89.99

Hardiness Zones:

 6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

‘Duke Gardens’ is a compact form of Cephalotaxus harringtonia that typically matures in a vase-shaped form to 3-4′ tall. It was discovered growing at Duke Gardens at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina in 1958. It is an excellent accent plant for shaded areas of the landscape. It has a more horizontal growth habit than other cultivars of plum yews. Deer resistant and shade tolerant! Kiefer Nursery ‘Duke Gardens’ plum yews are grown from cuttings off the original plants in Duke Gardens.



Cephalotaxus harringtonia, commonly called plum yew, is a dioecious coniferous evergreen that typically grows as a shrub to 5-10′ tall, but may be trained as a tree that could eventually rise to as much as 20-30′ tall. Growth is slow, however, and it often takes as much as 10 years for a plant to reach 4′ tall. It is native to shaded woodland areas in Japan, northeastern China and Korea. Linear, spirally-arranged, yew-like, evergreen leaves (to 1.5? long) appear in a v-shaped pattern on erect stems, many of which rise up from the base of the plant. Female flowers produce fleshy, edible, plum-like fruits (to 1″ long). If fruits are desired, female plants with at least one male pollinator are required for fruit production to occur. Excellent tolerance for both shade and hot weather make this species an interesting substitute in the southeastern U. S. for true yews (Taxus) that usually struggle south of USDA Zone 7. (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder)

Additional information

Common Name

'Duke Gardens', Japanese Plum Yew

Botanical Name

Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Duke Gardens'

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun, Shade, Sun


to 4 ft.


to 8 ft.

Soil Condition


Water Needs




Foliage Color

dark green


2 gallon, 3 gallon, 5 gallon

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