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Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Prostrata'

Family: Cephalotaxaceae
Genus: Cephalotaxus (sef-uh-loh-TAKS-us) (Info)
Species: harringtonia (har-ring-TOH-nee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Prostrata

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Partial to Full Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By grafting

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 neutral
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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral coriaceous On Jan 2, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A needled evergreen that resembles yew, but is much more heat tolerant, and will grow in the southeastern US where yew won't.

Unlike yew, this is highly deer resistant.

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Positive spreading_yew On Apr 21, 2012, spreading_yew from Scottsboro, AL wrote:

Can the spreading plum yew be planted in full sun in Alabama? I love this plant and the beautiful soft foliage but don't want to plant in sun if it needs mostly shade. Would appreciate any advice.

Positive cedar18 On Jun 29, 2008, cedar18 from Lula, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

A wonderful foundation planting for the shade. Have had several on the north side of our house for 10 years. They stay healthy and beautiful. They do overgrow the measly 4' I allotted them, so I have to trim them back, but it's easy. When the new growth is on, it's a beautiful light green that looks great with yellow hostas like August Moon. Found them to be 100% deer resistant.

Positive baroque On May 5, 2007, baroque from South Dayton, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

This plant has thrived in south Dayton. I have been growing it for over three years now and there has not ever been any winter damage in my zone, 6a. I suggest anyone in a similar zone to try growing this if one wants an exotic conifer.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Phenix City, Alabama
Pinson, Alabama
Scottsboro, Alabama
Atlanta, Georgia
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Lula, Georgia
Lexington, Massachusetts
Millbrook, New York
Raleigh, North Carolina (2 reports)
Springboro, Ohio
Conway, South Carolina
Florence, South Carolina
Greenville, South Carolina
Oakton, Virginia

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