Japanese Plum Yew closeup of green foliage
Japanese Plum Yew potted plant on white
Japanese Plum Yew green foliage on white
Japanese Plum Yew closeup of green foliage
Japanese Plum Yew potted plant on white
Japanese Plum Yew green foliage on white

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 6-9
  • Mature Height: 5-10' tall
  • Mature Width: 5-14' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
  • Spacing: 5-15' apart



  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships on our trucks because of the size of the shrub - does not fit in a box

Japanese Plum Yew Big

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Cephalotaxus harringtonia

Regular price $325.00
In Stock - Ships in 2 to 3 weeks
Shipping included
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Why the Japanese Plum Yew Big?

Well-designed gardens are pleasing to the eye all year long. They are said to have “good bones.” The Upright Japanese Plum Yew is an important tool to have in the toolkit when you’re trying to create a landscape that has good bones. Part of our Added Definitions line, this long-lived evergreen will give you a strong vertical element to use where you need a pillar-like effect. Plant one on either side of a path, doorway, or gate to turn a simple passageway into a grand entrance. A row of upright Japanese Plum Yews can also serve as an elegant hedge where space is tight.

Though it has only recently begun to get popular in gardens, the exquisite Upright Japanese Plum Yew has been around for a long time. It was introduced to the West by a German physician and botanist named Philipp Franz von Siebold in 1830. At the age of 27, von Siebold went to Japan to practice medicine and collect new plants. He was extremely successful on both accounts, introducing the Japanese to vaccinations and introducing a wealth of novel Asian plants to Europe. Unfortunately, he was caught with some maps of the country he wasn’t supposed to have and was kicked out of Japan after six years, accused of spying for Russia.

How to use in the landscape?

The Upright Japanese Plum Yew resembles the much more common Yews (such as Densiformis Yew) that you see planted everywhere as hedges, but there are some key differences. Japanese Plum Yew has longer, wider needles that present a distinctive look. And, whereas deer love to devour the foliage of regular Yews, they typically have no interest in browsing on Plum Yew.

Why Bower & Branch?

We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower.

Growth Facts

    Hardiness Zone: 6-9

    Mature Height: 5-10' tall

    Mature Width: 5-14' wide

    Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade

    Spacing: 5-15' apart

How To Plant

The Upright Japanese Plum Yew will grow in full sun, but this plant is usually reserved for shady gardens, because there are so few good evergreens for shade. Part shade is preferable, as deep shade may encourage spacey growth. The soil should be free-draining. Water regularly. Plum Yew is somewhat drought tolerant when established, but growth will be best with steady moisture (it is a rather slow grower even under optimal conditions). The plant becomes more rounded or vase-shaped in time; prune as desired. Unlike regular Yews, Japanese Plum Yew takes hot, humid weather in stride and is well suited to the South.

How To Fertilize

Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 6-9

How Does Shipping Work?

Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our large trees require expert delivery and care, that means our large trees are shipped on Bower & Branch trucks. We are the only ones who know how to ship our big and bigger trees and plants with tender loving care.

We deliver your trees and plants directly to your driveway or curbside! Ask Bower & Branch about planting services and rates – we'd be happy to assist in installation.

*Big trees, Size A and larger, will take approximately 14 – 28 days to be delivered. - Size AA &AAA will be shipped directly to your home by a local common carrier.

How Does Sizing Work?

The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health.. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)

Our trees for sale online are graded on AA, A, B, C and larger scale. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.

All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!

See the size guides below.

How Trees are Shipped Size A Trees Size AA Trees Size AAA Trees Size B Trees Size C Trees Size D Trees

Our Guarantees


Bower & Branch guarantees customer satisfaction within all product groups and sizes. If for any reason you are not satisfied with the product or experience, you have 90 days from the original date of purchase to request a replacement of the purchased product(s).


Reach out to a Plant Whisperer:

- Email: plantwhisperers@bowerandbranch.com

- Phone: 866-873-3888

- Or via Online Chat


Bower & Branch offers a Three-Year Tree Guarantee on all of our trees, sizes A and up. Only the finest and the most experienced growers are awarded the opportunity to grow for Bower & Branch, so we offer the best guarantee available.

If your tree(s) should fail for any reason during the three-year guarantee period, you will receive an online gift card in the amount that you originally spent on the tree.* You can then use this online gift card for any Bower & Branch Purchase.

* Bower & Branch provides online gift cards in the amount of the original purchase price of the tree(s). The amount does not include any additional costs such as delivery, planting, tax, or any other products or services. Online gift cards can be applied towards any Bower & Branch purchase on BowerandBranch.com and have no expiration dates. Bower & Branch does not guarantee tree replacement or availability of any desired product at any time. Cash refunds are not offered. Bower & Branch requires that all original tags and receipts are present when a guarantee request is initiated. The Bower & Branch Three-Year Guarantee only applies to plant material that has been planted in the ground. Container plantings are NOT covered.

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