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Care of the plant Cephalotaxus harringtonia or Japanese plum-yew.

Care of the plant Cephalotaxus harringtonia or Japanese plum-yew

The genus Cephalotaxus, family Cephalotaxaceae, comprises 11 species of conifers native to Asia. Some species are: Cephalotaxus harringtonia, Cephalotaxus fortunei, Cephalotaxus sinensis, Cephalotaxus wilsoniana.

Common names: Japanese plum-yew, Harrington's cephalotaxus, Cowtail pine. This species is native to Japan.

They are evergreen trees or shrubs with a thick and rounded crown that reach 10 meters in height. They are very slow growing plants. The shiny leathery leaves are dark green on the upper surface and have two whitish lines on the underside. They produce abundant yellowish flowers on male plants and female plants. The fruits, similar to olives, are decorative.

They are used as isolated specimens in small or medium gardens, in undergrowths or to form hedges. They are ideal for Atlantic coastal gardens.

Cephalotaxus harringtonia prefers a semi-shaded or shaded exposure; they can grow in full sun in cool summer regions. They resist frost well.

They tolerate many types of soil (except calcareous ones) but prefer light, well-drained soil with organic matter.

They are trees in humid areas that need frequent watering, waiting until the surface of the land has dried. They do not resist drought.

Fertilize with compost in the fall.

They accept a light pruning in late winter.

They are resistant plants to the usual pests and diseases.

Propagation is not easy as the seeds can take a year and a half to germinate and the cuttings do not root easily.

Images of the plant Cephalotaxus harringtonia or Japanese plum-yew

Cephalotaxus harringtonia
Cephalotaxus harringtonia
Cephalotaxus harringtonia
Cephalotaxus harringtonia
Cephalotaxus harringtonia
 

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