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‘Duke Gardens’

Plum Yew

Cephalotaxus harringtonii

'Duke Gardens'

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Low-mounding Cephalotaxus Duke Gardens in landscape Low-mounding Cephalotaxus Duke Gardens in landscape
  • Heat tolerant
  • Evergreen
  • Versatile habit
Description

'Duke Gardens' cephalotaxus was discovered as a horizontally spreading sport of C. 'Fastigiata' at Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham, NC in 1959. Dark foliage and dense growth make it perfect for any kind of landscape application. 

USDA Zone
6 - 10 (-10°F/-23°C)
Exposure
Full sun, Part sun, Shade
Height
2 - 3'
Width
3 - 4'
Finish Time
2 seasons
Type
Evergreen
Foliage Color
Green

Soil

Cool, moist soils preferred.

Pruning

Little needed; Prune to shape in early summer if desired.

Uses

Foundation plantings; groundcover; edging; mass plantings.

Growing Tips

Cephalanthus is widely planted as a substitute for Taxus in warm climates. Very shade tolerant. Plant in a protected site in the colder end of its range.