Cephalotaxus Spreading Yew

Product Description

If you’ve been struggling to fill those tight spaces in your landscape with an evergreen shrub that’s shade loving, the Cephalotaxus Spreading Yew is the answer to all of your problems!

Cephalotaxus is a slow growing, soft needled, evergreen shrub that grows well in the shade and whose long, dark green needles make it attractive for foundation or mass plantings.

Commonly referred to as Southern Spreading Yew, this versatile plant is rarely bothered by insects and disease. Once it’s established it is drought tolerant, deer resistant, and is excellent for filling under large trees and other shady areas.

Grows best in the southern United States in USDA planting zones 6-9. Can grow up to 2-3 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide with shallow root systems. Can handle full shade to partial shade. Although, the dark green foliage cannot handle full sun and it may cause browning of the leaves, this Japanese yew is very heat tolerant.

Plant in well drained soil in early spring for those deep green needles to grow. Makes an excellent groundcover plant.

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Botanical Name

Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Prostrata'

Sunlight Full Shade / Partial Sun
Foliage Color Evergreen
Mature Height 2-3 ft
Mature Width 3-4 ft
Growing Zones 6, 7, 8, 9 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Low maintenance
  • Disease and insect resistant
  • Deer resistant
  • Drought tolerant

Shipping Info

Once your Cephalotaxus Spreading Yew order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

upside down test

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

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The slow growing, spreading and low-lying nature makes the “Plum Yew” a great choice for tight spaces. The Cephalotaxus grows in full shade to partial sun. Water regularly until established, prefers medium to moist, well-drained soil. When planting multiples, allow for a 2-foot gap between plants.


Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright. Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your Spreading Yew, our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

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  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Heidi Dhien

    The spreading yew came with great branch structure and not ‘Leggy’ like others I have seen online. Order was shipped quickly. Happy shopper. :)

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