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Fastigiata Japanese Plum Yew - Cephalotaxus
'Fastigiata' is an upright Plum Yew with a broadly upright, vase-shape habit of growth to perhaps 5-6 feet tall in 10 years with a mature height of 10 feet or more and 6 feet or so in width. More details below!!

Fastigiata Japanese Plum Yew - Cephalotaxus

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Fastiagata Japanese Plum Yew
Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Fastigiata'

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

'Fastigiata' is a Plum Yew with a broadly upright, vase-shape growth habit to perhaps 5-6 feet tall in 10 years with a mature height of 10 feet or more and 6 feet or so in width. That said, plum yews respond well to pruning so the plant can be kept to a smaller size even over time. The handsome, dark green, delicate, need-like foliage of Fastiagata provides a unique texture in the garden year round and contrasts nicely with the foliage textures and colors of many other types of plants. 




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing 6 to 10 feet tall and 3 to 5 feet wide (depending on pruning), the Fastiagata Plum Yew is ideal for use as an accent, in groupings, or as a formal or natural hedge in shady to partially shaded landscape borders and home foundation plantings. It also makes a nice 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:  2-3' for solid hedges or mass plantings;  6' or more for space between plants




Cultural Preferences

Exceptionally easy to grow, the Fastiagata Plum Yew likes a well-drained soil, even bone dry soil is okay when the plants are established. It prefers part shade to shade. Morning sun and filtered afternoon sun are fine. 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:  6-10', depending on pruning
Width at Maturity:  3-5', depending on pruning
Spacing:  2-3' for solid hedge;  6' or more for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Bushy, Semi-Columnar, Upright  
Growth Rate:  Slow to Moderate
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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