Spreading Plum Yew

The Spreading Japanese Plum Yew is an evergreen shrub with a broad, spreading growth habit that reaches 2-3 feet in height and spreads up to 6 feet, and even wider over time. It bears a striking resemblance to the English yew, but with a unique adaptability to thrive in hot and humid areas where its English counterpart fails. Its dark-green leaves are both attractive and naturally dense, providing a perfect option for those challenging areas where little else seems to grow. Plant it in deep or partial shade for best results, as a beautiful addition to a shady path or driveway, or along the shady side of a house. With easy trimming, it can also be transformed into a more formal, hedge-like structure.

  • Spreading evergreen for full shade
  • Grows well in heat and humidity
  • Covers large areas but stays low-growing
  • Can be easily trimmed as needed
  • Very low maintenance

Looking to fill the shady areas of your garden with ease? Look no further than the Spreading Japanese Plum Yew, an adaptable and reliable evergreen shrub. This broad, spreading shrub can grow between 2 and 3 feet tall and spread up to 6 feet wide, making it perfect for covering larger spaces without adding too much height. It is also well-suited for growing in full or partial shade, and can even tolerate full sun in zone 6.

Not only is the Spreading Japanese Plum Yew easy to grow, it is also low-maintenance. It thrives in any well-drained soil that is not too dry, and has moderate drought resistance once established. Additionally, it can be trimmed at any time between late winter and mid-fall, and can even be cut back to bare branches without harm. Best of all, pests and diseases rarely bother it, and deer tend to leave it alone. Unlike the English yew, the foliage is not poisonous.

The Spreading Japanese Plum Yew is an excellent choice for filling large shady spaces in your garden. Its soft green leaves provide dense, year-round coverage without requiring special care or clipping. It is perfect for planting along a shady walk or under trees, and can even be used to create low hedges. It becomes denser the more it is clipped, making it a versatile plant for any garden.

While filling shady parts of the garden can be challenging, the Spreading Japanese Plum Yew makes it easy. It is perfectly hardy in zone 6, and is especially useful in zones 8 and 9 where heat and humidity make growing English yew difficult. So why not fill your shady corners with this exceptional plant and enjoy its effortless beauty all year round?

The Spreading Japanese Plum Yew is an evergreen shrub with a broad, spreading growth habit that reaches 2-3 feet in height and spreads up to 6 feet, and even wider over time. It bears a striking resemblance to the English yew, but with a unique adaptability to thrive in hot and humid areas where its English counterpart fails. Its dark-green leaves are both attractive and naturally dense, providing a perfect option for those challenging areas where little else seems to grow. Plant it in deep or partial shade for best results, as a beautiful addition to a shady path or driveway, or along the shady side of a house. With easy trimming, it can also be transformed into a more formal, hedge-like structure.

  • Spreading evergreen for full shade
  • Grows well in heat and humidity
  • Covers large areas but stays low-growing
  • Can be easily trimmed as needed
  • Very low maintenance

Looking to fill the shady areas of your garden with ease? Look no further than the Spreading Japanese Plum Yew, an adaptable and reliable evergreen shrub. This broad, spreading shrub can grow between 2 and 3 feet tall and spread up to 6 feet wide, making it perfect for covering larger spaces without adding too much height. It is also well-suited for growing in full or partial shade, and can even tolerate full sun in zone 6.

Not only is the Spreading Japanese Plum Yew easy to grow, it is also low-maintenance. It thrives in any well-drained soil that is not too dry, and has moderate drought resistance once established. Additionally, it can be trimmed at any time between late winter and mid-fall, and can even be cut back to bare branches without harm. Best of all, pests and diseases rarely bother it, and deer tend to leave it alone. Unlike the English yew, the foliage is not poisonous.

The Spreading Japanese Plum Yew is an excellent choice for filling large shady spaces in your garden. Its soft green leaves provide dense, year-round coverage without requiring special care or clipping. It is perfect for planting along a shady walk or under trees, and can even be used to create low hedges. It becomes denser the more it is clipped, making it a versatile plant for any garden.

While filling shady parts of the garden can be challenging, the Spreading Japanese Plum Yew makes it easy. It is perfectly hardy in zone 6, and is especially useful in zones 8 and 9 where heat and humidity make growing English yew difficult. So why not fill your shady corners with this exceptional plant and enjoy its effortless beauty all year round?

Growing the Spreading Japanese Plum Yew

Size and Appearance

The Spreading Japanese Plum Yew is a charming evergreen shrub that sports multiple branches. In about a decade, it will reach a modest height of 2 to 3 feet, while its width will impressively expand to 6 feet and eventually even up to 10 feet. The foliage is glossy and displays a rich, deep-green hue that exudes vitality and lushness. The leaves are narrow, measuring just a quarter-inch wide, and range from 1 to 2 inches in length. They are flat with parallel sides and end in a short, rounded tip. The leaves grow in pairs along the branches and gracefully arch upwards and outwards, creating a “V” shape resembling a bird’s wings. In the spring, new growth is a lighter green color that contrasts beautifully with the darker, mature leaves. These leaves stay on the plant for up to 4 or 5 years before falling to reveal the dark-brown or greyish bark on the stems.

Like its cousin, the yew tree, the Spreading Japanese Plum Yew has separate male and female trees, but it rarely flowers, making it unclear if it can produce the plum-like fruit that sets it apart from the yew. However, the lack of fruit is a small price to pay for its non-toxic properties, making it a safer choice for gardens than yew.

Using the Spreading Japanese Plum Yew in Your Garden

Looking for the perfect low-maintenance, attractive evergreen to fill those tricky shaded areas? Look no further than the Spreading Japanese Plum Yew. This adaptable shrub is ideal for planting in partial or full shade, making it a great choice for areas under tall trees or along the base of north-facing walls, fences or buildings. With its low height and broad spreading habit, you won’t have to worry about constant trimming or maintenance, and it will quickly cover a large area with ease.

Perfect for edging paths or driveways in shaded areas, or for use in the foundation planting around your house, this versatile plant adds a calming and cooling touch with its fresh green foliage. Simply space the plants about 4 feet apart and enjoy a solid cover in just a few years. Say goodbye to unsightly bare earth and hello to the lush, vibrant beauty of the Spreading Japanese Plum Yew.

Hardiness

The Spreading Japanese Plum Yew is a robust plant that thrives in zones 6 to 9, exhibiting exceptional growth in both moderate and hot zones. This evergreen is perfectly suited for the north-west and east regions of the United States, including northern Florida and the southern states. When compared to English yew, the Spreading Japanese Plum Yew truly shines in the warmer zones 8 and 9, making it an ideal choice for shady corners.

Sun Exposure and Soil Conditions

The Spreading Japanese Plum Yew is a versatile shrub that can thrive in both partial shade and full shade. While it can tolerate full sun in zone 6 as long as the soil remains moist, it’s best to avoid hot midday and early afternoon sun in warmer zones as it may cause leaf scorching or yellowing. Instead, the plant prefers morning or evening direct sun. With a preference for well-drained soils, it can grow in sandy soils but requires consistent watering, especially in its early stages of growth. As the plant matures, it becomes more tolerant to drought conditions.

Maintenance and Pruning

The health of the Spreading Japanese Plum Yew is generally robust, as it is not commonly afflicted by pests or diseases. In addition, deer tend to leave it alone, which is a great relief to gardeners. If you prefer a more manicured look, the plant can be shaped with clippers or shears to create a hedge-like appearance. Pruning can be carried out at any time between late winter and mid-fall, according to your preferences.