The plants we grow are selections of this evergreen species. They are
reported to be quite deer resistant
and look similar to a taxus
with a very dark green color but the needles are 4-6 cm long. They
tolerate shearing very well and are hardy to zone 6. The species can grow
to about 10 feet high but it is mostly seen as a shrub in cultivation.
The attractive exfoliating bark is gray and peels off in strips. It is
native to Japan and China and has been known since around 1829. Due to
the tremendous popularity of this plant we are now offering four selections for sale and we are evaluating a few more for the future. It also grows well in the shade.
' This is a selection of var. drupacea that was
introduced by the National Arboretum in DC. It will tolerate heavier and
wetter soil conditions than Taxus
and the deer don't like it.
Being somewhat similar to Taxus
but having longer flat needles
and slightly ascending branches it makes a great substitute. This variety
is quite low and wide spreading.
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� This variety is a selection that grows upright. Great choice for wherever a straight up accent is needed. Real nice long, dark green leaves are about 2-2 � � and it is deer resistant.
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' Here we have a great selection that is a low wide spreading plant with excellent glossy green needles. I saw a plant that was 30 years old, 2.5 meters wide and only 70 centimeters high. Like the rest of the Plum Yew's it is also not deer food!
' This selection comes from Watnong Nursery in NJ. It grows low and wide and has a nice deep green foliage color year round. Grows to about 2.5 feet high and 5 feet wide in 15 years. Again like the rest it is deer resistant.