Plant spacing is based on the ultimate width of the plants. This figure is normally given as a range; for example, 3-5’. If you live in a cold climate and/or want plants to fill in more quickly, plan to space at the shorter end of the range. If you live in a warm climate, are on a limited budget, or are willing to wait longer for plants to touch, use the higher end of the range. Using the larger number is recommended when calculating distance from a building or structure. There’s really no such thing as "maximum spacing": if you don’t want your plants to touch, you can space them as far apart as you’d like. All plant spacing is calculated on center, or in other words, the centers of the plants are spaced one half of their eventual width apart:
Unless you are planting in a straight line, as you might for hedges or edging, space your plants in a staggered or zig-zag pattern for a more interesting and naturalistic look:
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DescriptionThe large, evergreen needles of Duke Gardens plum yew (Cephalotaxus harringtonii) bring bold texture to your garden all year. This shrub grows naturally in a broad, mounded shape that is ideal for landscaping. Plus, it's compact and perfect for small spaces. This heat-tolerant evergreen thrives from zone 6 to zone 9, growing even in deep shade. Small, plum-like fruit decorate female plants, but only when planted near a male! Their heat tolerance, large needles, deer resistance, and plum-shaped fruit is what sets the plum-yew apart from the common yew.
This yew is easy to care for and durable. No pruning or trimming is necessary unless you want to trim it into shape. It grows best if watered regularly in the heat, but it is more drought-resistant than other yews once established.
Duke Gardens plum yew got the name after its discovery at Duke University in the Duke Gardens in 1958.DetailsBotanical name:Cephalotaxus harringtonii 'Duke Gardens' Common name: Plum-yew, cow's tail pine, Harrington's Cephalotaxus Zone: 6 - 9 Sun exposure: Part-sun (4-6 hrs sun/day) to shade (< 4 hrs sun/day) Soil type: Average Soil moisture: Average Height x width: 2-3' tall x 3-4' wide Foliage color: Green Uses: Specimen, landscaping, perennial gardens, edging.How To GrowSoil: Grow in any moist but well-drained soil. Avoid very wet sites; tolerates some dryness once established. Light: Part-sun (4-6 hrs sun/day) to full shade; grows in deep shade. Water: Average. Space: min. 3' apart. Fertilizing: No fertilization is required. Granular fertilizer can be applied in early spring if desired. Winterizing: A good 2-3" layer of mulch is recommended; Avoid extreme dry soil in autumn, which can cause the evergreen foliage to dry out in winter. It can be grown in USDA zone 5 if planted in a sheltered spot or protected over winter. Maintenance: No pruning is necessary, but can handle trimming to shape if desired.
Our Guide for Fall Planting
The start of fall may signal the gardening season is coming to a close, but it’s not over yet! There is still plenty of time to enjoy colorful flowers and foliage or even sprinkle in some new perennials and shrubs before winter arrives.