Cephalotaxus harringtonia ‘Fastigiata’

(Japanese Plum Yew, Upright)

Size Price
2-GALLON $39.99
3-GALLON $49.99
5-GALLON $69.99

Hardiness Zones:

 6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

Fastigiata’ is an upright columnar form of Cephalotaxus that matures to 8-10′ tall and to 3-5′ wide. Yew-like blackish-green leaves (to 2″ long) appear in bottlebrush form in contrast with the 2-ranked form of the species. Best upright accent or narrower hedge for deer infested shady areas. Works equally as well in part sun to full shade.



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

Japanese Plum Yew, Upright

Botanical Name

Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Fastigiata'

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

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

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun, Shade, Sun


to 10 ft.


to 4 ft.

Soil Condition


Water Needs




Foliage Color

dark green


2 gallon, 3 gallon, 5 gallon

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