Cephalotaxus harringtonia (J.Forbes) K.Koch

Japanese Plum Yew

Generally a shrub several metres tall. Buds 2-5 mm long. Leaves linear, up to 6 cm long with a short point and two pale bands below.


var. harringtonia, the typical variety is sometimes available as the prostrate cultivar 'Prostrata'.

ACT: Yarralumla Nsy (by Office). VIC: Melbourne (Royal Bot. Gds, Conifer Border).


var. drupacea (Siebold & Zucc.) Koidz. This is commonly cultivated, forming a rounded shrub with the leaves arranged in a 2-ranked, semi-erect 'V' shape. A narrowly upright form is available as 'Fastigiata'.

NSW: Sydney (Royal Bot. Gds). VIC: Melbourne (Royal Bot. Gds, Conifer Border); Mt. Macedon.

Source: Spencer, R. (1995). Cephalotaxaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 1, Ferns, conifers & their allies. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Pinopsida
order     Pinales
family      Cephalotaxaceae
genus       Cephalotaxus Siebold & Zucc.