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Cephalotaxus harringtonia

Cephalotaxus harringtonia (Japanese Plum Yew, Cowtail Pine)

is a tall fully hardy perennial evergreen tree with a flowering period in mid Spring. It grows well in any light situation., and prefers medium levels of water.
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This tree has all year round interest.


Cephalotaxus harringtonia grows in soils ranging from a pH of 5 (extremely acidic ranges from 0 to 5.1) to 8 (slightly alkaline ranges from 7.6 to 8). It is adapted to clay loam, loam, loamy sand, peat, sandy clay, sandy clay loam and sandy loam soils.


This is a tree has a slow rate of growth has an ultimate height of 10m / 32.8ft and spread of 6m / 19.7ft. It can take 46-50 years to reach its ultimate height.


It has green leaves.


The plant prefers a sheltered situation.


Basic hedge, low maintenance and screen.


Cephalotaxus harringtonia has brown bark with a flaky texture.

Fruit and seed

The fruit is green and purple. There is a fruit/seed abundance beginning in Summer and ending in Autumn.

Progagation and germination

Propagation techniques include cuttings and seed. The seed can be germinated by cold stratification / cold moist prechilling.



-22°C / -7.6F 5 to 8 46-50 years 10m / 32.8ft 6m / 19.7ft
Scientific classifications [Edit]
Genus ? Cephalotaxus
Specific epithet ? harringtonia
Common names
Japanese Plum Yew (Ireland), Cowtail Pine (Ireland)
IPNI details on Cephalotaxus harringtonia
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