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Yewtopia Plum Yew, a Cephalotxus - the South's answer to English Yews! More details below!

Yewtopia Plum Yew

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Yewtopia® Plum Yew
Cephalotaxus  'Plania'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-10b  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 Yewtopia Plum Yew is the South's answer to English shrub yews! With a slightly upright, vase-like growth habit, this plum yew is heat tolerant, drought resistant, shade loving, low maintenance, insect and disease resistant, and deer turn their noses up to it! What more could we ask for in an evergreen shrub? 

The handsome, dark green, delicate, need-like foliage of Yewtopia provides a unique texture in the garden year round and contrasts nicely with the foliage textures and colors of many other types of plants. Being a shade-loving and  drought-tolerant plant makes it a perfect selection for planting under shade trees or in shady home foundation plantings. Morning sun is okay.

Landscape & Garden Uses

The Yewtopia Plum Yew has many uses in the shady to partially shaded landscape. Growing 3 to 5 feet tall and wide (depending on pruning), its smaller size fits nicely as an accent or specimen in smaller landscape spaces, and also does quite well in medium to large size pots, provided the drainage is good. It is perfect for use as a home foundation plant. In larger landscape borders, we use it in small to large groupings or mass plantings on embankments, as a natural or formal hedge, and under large shade trees. 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:  3-4' for solid hedges or mass plantings, 8' or more for space between plants

Cultural Preferences

Exceptionally easy to grow, Yewtopia® Plum Yew likes a well-drained soil, even bone dry soil is okay when the plants are established. It prefers part sun to shade. Morning sun or afternoon filtered sun is fine, however we suggest avoiding the direct afternoon sun. 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-10b  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Evergreen Shrub 
Height at Maturity:  3-4'
Width at Maturity:  3-4'
Spacing: 3' for solid hedges; 7' for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Bushy, Mounding, Arching 
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:  No
Berry Color:  
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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