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Duke Gardens Dwarf Japanese Plum Yew - Cephalotaxus
The handsome, dark green, delicate, need-like foliage of Duke Gardens Yew provides a unique texture in the landscape year round and contrasts nicely with the foliage textures and colors of many other types of plants. A highly adaptable evergreen shrub that will grow well in sun or shade; a little looser in shade and more dense in sun. Get all the details below!

Duke Gardens Dwarf Japanese Plum Yew - Cephalotaxus

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Duke Gardens Dwarf Japanese Plum Yew
Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Duke Gardens'

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

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant 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

The perfect home foundation plant, 'Duke Gardens' is a dwarf Plum Yew with a spreading, mounded growth habit to 3-4 feet tall and 4-6 feet wide with no pruning. Can be kept smaller with occasional pruning. The handsome, dark green, delicate, need-like foliage of Duke Gardens Yew provides a unique texture in the landscape year round and contrasts nicely with the foliage textures and colors of many other types of plants. A highly adaptable evergreen shrub that will grow well in sun or shade; a little looser in shade and more dense in sun. Handles the heat and is drought when established. Deer won't touch it. An all-around great evergreen shrub!




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing 3-4 feet tall and 4-6 feet wide, Duke Gardens Plum Yew is ideal for use as a single specimen, in groupings, or as a formal or natural hedge in shady or sunny landscape borders and home foundation plantings. It also makes a nice stand-alone or centerpiece in container gardens. An ideal selection for Asian themed gardens, woodland gardens, as an evergreen accent or background in perennial shade gardens, or in Xeriscape gardens (low water needs).

Spacing Recommendations:  3 to 4 feet apart for solid hedges or mass plantings;  8 feet or more for space between plants




Cultural Preferences

Exceptionally easy to grow, the Duke Gardens Plum Yew likes a well-drained soil, even bone dry soil is okay when the plants are established. It will grow in sun or shade, though might appreciate some filtered sun in the deep South. Does not require pruning however responds well to it for shaping purposes. The best time to prune is in early spring before the first flush of new growth.




Helpful Articles

Click on the link below to get helpful advice from our experts on how to plant, fertilize, prune and water Plum Yews.





Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-9b  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Evergreen Shrub 
Height at Maturity:  3-4'
Width at Maturity:  4-6'
Spacing:  3-4' for solid hedge;  8' or more for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Bushy, Mounding
Growth Rate:  Slow 
Flower Color:  NA
Flower Size:  NA
Flowering Period:  NA
Flower Type:  NA
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Dark Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  
Sun Needs:  Shade or Mostly Shade, Morning Sun With Afternoon 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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