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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Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Prostrata'
- Low maintenance
- Disease and insect resistant
- Deer resistant
- Drought tolerant