About the product
Plants in the genus Cephalotaxus are commonly called plum yews because the foliage resembles that of yews (Taxus) and the fruits (fleshy seeds) on female plants resemble tiny plums.
Cephalotaxus fotunei, commonly called Chinese plum yew, is native to Burma and China. It is a coniferous evergreen that typically grows as a small tree or large shrub to 10' (less frequently to 15') tall. It is most often seen in open-rounded shrub form with spreading and slightly drooping branches. Linear, pointed, yew-like, dark green needles (to 3 1/2" long) extend horizontally from the branchlets. Each needle has two silver-white bands beneath. Reddish brown bark on mature branches exfoliates with age. Olive brown seed-bearing cones (to 1 1/4" long) appear on female plants. (info source: missouribotanicalgarden.org)
Genus - Cephalotaxus
Species - Fortunei
Common name - Fortunes Plum Yew
Pre-Treatment - Required
Hardiness zones - 7 - 9
Height - 10-20' / 3 - 6 m
Spread - 15-20' / 4.70 - 6 m
Plant type - Tree or Shrub
Vegetation type - Evergreen
Exposure - Sun to Partial Shade
Growth rate - Medium
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Clay, Loam, sand
Water requirements - Consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Landscape uses - Woodland gardens. Hedge. Accent, group or mass. Excellent evergreen conifer for shady locations in the landscape.
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Ineffective
A hard seedcoat can delay germination. So seed should be cold-stratified as follows:
1. Soak in very warm water for 24 hours.
2. Mix the seeds with the moist vermiculite or sterile sand, place in zip lock bag and store in fridge at +2-+4C for 90 days.
3. After the pretreatment, sow in individual pots or seed trays filled with sowing compost in deep of the seed size.
4. Keep in warm (+20-+22C) place. After the seeds sprouted, move to bright place.
Germination can take up to 2 months, so please be patient and keep it moist all the time, do not overwater.