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Hedgehog Japanese Plum Yew

Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Hedgehog'

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Hedgehog Japanese Plum Yew (Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Hedgehog') at All Seasons Nursery

Hedgehog Japanese Plum Yew

Hedgehog Japanese Plum Yew

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Hedgehog Japanese Plum Yew (Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Hedgehog') at All Seasons Nursery

Hedgehog Japanese Plum Yew

Hedgehog Japanese Plum Yew

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  3 feet

Spread:  4 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6

Other Names:  Cow's Tail Pine

Brand:  Iseli


A shade loving, gracefully spreading evergreen that is perfect for woodlands and adapts to moist and dry soil; long, deep green, glossy needles are lime green in spring; slow growing, and deer resistant; a great low edging or bordering plant

Ornamental Features

Hedgehog Japanese Plum Yew is primarily valued in the garden for its interestingly mounded form. It has attractive dark green evergreen foliage which emerges lime green in spring. The glossy needles are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Hedgehog Japanese Plum Yew is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a mounded form. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Hedgehog Japanese Plum Yew is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover

Planting & Growing

Hedgehog Japanese Plum Yew will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This shrub performs well in both full sun and full shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It may require supplemental watering during periods of drought or extended heat. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Rock  Garden  Groundcover 
Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

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