This is a shrub-like, rarely offered evergreen which tolerates deep shade as well as the heat and the cold. They are commonly called Plum Yews due to the foliage resembling that of yews (Taxus) and the fruits on the female plants resembling tiny plums. The dioecious plant can only develop fruit if the female plant is planted together with at least one male pollinator. This plant is a coniferous evergreen that typically grows as a shrub to 5-10’ tall, but may be trained as a tree that will eventually rise to as much as 20-30’ tall. The growth is slow and it may take as much as 10 years for a plant to reach 4-6’ tall. The appearance of the evergreen is linear, spirally-arranged and yew-like with its leaves appearing in a v-shaped pattern on erect stems, many of which rise up from the base of the plant. The plants will spread with age. Ripe fruits are edible, the seeds are sweet when roasted.
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Height (in 10 years, unpruned): 2x0.7m
Fruiting period: September - December
Growth rate: slow
Autumn coloration: - (evergreen)
Position: sheltered, sunny spot or half shady is best
Excellent quality, 10-15cm tall plant in a 8cm square pot.