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Cephalotaxus 'Duke Gardens' - plum yew
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  • Duke Gardens plum yew is a dark green evergreen that grows in shade and hot climates
  • Duke Gardens plum yew is a dark green evergreen that grows in shade and hot climates

Cephalotaxus 'Duke Gardens' - plum yew

Heat-tolerant evergreen
Item: #CEPDG2Q
ZONE 6,7,8,9
As low as $22.99
  • Deer-resistant evergreen
  • Appealing texture
  • Shade tolerant
  • Year-round color
  • Ship size: Two Quart
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Cephalotaxus 'Duke Gardens' - plum yew Description

Bold texture and a hard-working evergreen: that’s what you get in beautiful ‘Duke Gardens’ plum-yew (Cephalotaxus harringtonii). This heat-tolerant evergreen thrives from zone 6 (zone 5 with protection) to zone 9, growing even in deep shade. It naturally takes on a broad, mounded shape that’s ideal for landscaping and planting under windows, along pathways, and accenting established trees. Though it is related to the common yew, it’s far more heat tolerant and has much bigger needles for a much bolder texture. Another way it differs from yew? It’s deer resistant!

Special features: evergreen, deer resistant, heat tolerant.

Quick Facts

  • Botanical name: Cephalotaxus harringtonii 'Duke Gardens'
  • Common name:
  • Zone:
  • Sun exposure:
    Part shade (4-6 hrs sun/day) to shade (<4 hrs sun/day)
  • Delivery:
    See schedule
  • Ship form:
    Two quart
  • Soil type:
    Not fussy about soil, but grows best in moist, well-drained spots.
  • Soil moisture:
  • Height x width:
    2-3' tall x 3-4' wide
  • Flower color:
    Evergreen conifer, does not flower
  • Foliage color:
  • Season of interest:
  • Uses:
    Specimen, Landscaping, Perennial gardens, edgin.
  • Cannot ship to:
    AK, HI



Soil:  Grow in any moist but well-drained soil. Avoid very wet sites; tolerates some dryness once established.  
Light: Part shade (4-6 hrs sun/day) to full shade; grows in deep shade.
Water:  Average.
Space:  min. 3' apart.
Fertilizing:  Apply a granular rose or garden fertilizer 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. Can be grown in USDA zone 5 if planted in a sheltered spot or protected over winer.
Maintenance:  No pruning is required. May be trimmed if desired.