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Creeping Japanese Plum Yew
Creeping Plum Yew is an elegant plant with a spreading habit and attractive arching branches that are covered with glossy, flattened, very dark green needles which provide a very unique texture in the landscape. More details below

Creeping Japanese Plum Yew

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Creeping Japanese Plum Yew
Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Prostrata'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-9b  Find Your Zone

Note: For our customers who live and garden North of USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 6a, where this Plum Yew is not reliably winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.

Special Attributes

Creeping Plum Yew, Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Prostrata', is an elegant plant with a spreading habit and attractive arching branches covered with glossy, flattened, very deep green needles that provide a very unique texture in the landscape. The "plum" in the name comes from the purple-red fruits that are produced on female plants.

NOTE:  So that those of you who are considering purchasing this plant from us will know what to expect when you receive and open the box, we took a picture of an average sized 1-gallon plant on our nursery and have posted it below. The plants we ship could be smaller or larger than the one pictured. This groundcover variety of plum yew is one that will never look as large and full growing in a container as it does in the ground. Once planted in the ground, the creeping plum yew will grow much more dense, reaching a height of 18-24 inches and a width of 3 feet or so.

Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing in a spreading mound to 18 to 24 inches tall and 3 to 4 feet wide, the Creeping Japanese Plum Yew is ideal for use in groupings or mass plantings in shady to partly shaded landscape borders and home foundation plantings. It is an excellent choice for an evergreen groundcover under the canopies of large trees. Looks very nice around garden ponds or in shady rock gardens near boulders, and is also suitable for containers of 12 inches or more in diameter. A fine addition to Asian gardens Asian/Japanese Gardens, perennial shade gardens,  rock gardens, tropical look gardens, wildlife gardens, and Xeriscape Gardens (Low Water needs)

Cultural Preferences

Creeping Plum Yew grows best in well-drained sandy soils but will adapt to any well-drained soil. Where climates are cool during summer it can be planted in full sun, but otherwise prefers some shade, preferably in the afternoon. We've seen no serious disease or insect problems and it is a very deer resistant plant.

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Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-9b  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Evergreen Shrub or Groundcover 
Height at Maturity:  12-24"
Width at Maturity:  3-4'
Spacing:  3' for mass plantings; 6' for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Arching, Cascading, Mounding, Pendulous Branches, Spreading/Trailing, 
Growth Rate:  Moderate
Flower Color:  NA
Flower Size:  NA
Flowering Period:  NA
Flower Type:  NA
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Deep Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  Fruits on female plants
Berry Color:  Plum
Sun Needs:  Morning Sun With Afternoon Shade, Shade or Mostly Shade, Filtered Sun
Water Needs:  Average, Low when established
Soil Type:  Clay, Loam, Sandy, Silty
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist to Dry when established
Soil pH:  5.0 - 7.0 (Acid to Slightly Acid)
Maintenance / Care:  Very Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Dry Soil, Heat, Heavy Shade, Insect

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