Cephalotaxus harringtonia var. drupacea

(Japanese Plum Yew, var. drupacea)

Size Price
10-GALLON $129.99

Hardiness Zones:

 5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

Cephalotaxus ‘drupacea’ is the best deer resistant conifer for part-sunny to shady locations. Its slow growth rate allows shaping and management at a height less than its mature stature without becoming woody and appearing “topped”. It maintains well at 4-5 feet tall. The texture is soft and dark green. It prefers low to moderate moisture but will not tolerate wet feet.



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, var. drupacea

Botanical Name

Cephalotaxus harringtonia var. drupacea

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun, Shade, Sun


to 6 ft.


to 8 ft.

Soil Condition


Water Needs




Foliage Color

dark green


10 gallon

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