Cephalotaxus harringtonia Cephalotaxaceae
Japanese Plum Yew, Cow's Tail Pine sef-a-lo-TAKS-us ha-ring-TON-ee-uh
- Conifer, evergreen, small tree to about 30 ft (~10 m) high, often a shrub in cultivation, branches out spread
to nodding. Leaves linear, needle-like, 4-6 cm long and 3-4 mm wide, often somewhat sickle-shaped,
more or less opposite, arranged in 2 planes forming in a V-shaped trough along the twig, light green and
very glossy above, 2 gray stomatal bands below. Dioecious - male and female plants; male strobili
on 1.2.5 cm long stalk; female cone a mass of scales on the underside of stems. Fruit, actually a
naked seed, ovoid, about 2.5 cm long and 2 cm wide, olive to reddish brown.
- Sun in cooler regions and partial shade in warmer area. Reportedly handles drought and heat.
- Hardy to USDA Zone (5)6 Native to Japan and Korea.
- harringtonia: in honor of the Earl of Harrington, one of the first to grow the plant in a European garden.