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 harringtonia ‘Prostrata’ is a slow growing, soft needled, evergreen shrub that grows well in the shade. The spreading plum yew (as it is sometimes called) has long, dark green needles that stay year long.
This makes it attractive for basic foundation plantings or mass plantings. The dense upright branches can add texture in the landscape because of the spirally arranged foliage and the yew can produce red berry like cones on female plants.
It is commonly referred to as spreading Southern Yew plant, and this versatile shrub is rarely bothered by insects and disease. Once it’s established it is drought resistant, deer resistant, and is excellent for filling under large trees and other shady area. It is great for landscaping and tolerates shearing to maintain size.
Spreading Yew Care
Grows best in the southern United States in USDA zones 6-9 and cannot withstand winter temperatures for too long. The dense low spreading shrub can grow up to 2-3 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide with shallow root systems.
Can handle full shade to partial shade and is an excellent choice for planting under a large shade tree. Although the dark green foliage cannot handle full sun and it may cause browning of the leaves, this Southern yew plant is very heat tolerant.
Plant the spreading japanese plum yew in well drained soil in early spring for those deep green colored needles to have the whole growing season to establish. Makes an excellent ground cover plant as its name suggests… the yew taxus will spread to the area it is planted in!
The yew trees needle like foliage will make great looking landscape plants and the slow growth habit will keep your yard looking fresh.
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Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Prostrata'
- Low maintenance
- Disease and insect resistant
- Deer resistant
- Drought tolerant