About This Plant

The Chinese plum yew, scientifically known as Cephalotaxus fortunei, is an evergreen coniferous tree native to China. Despite its common name, it belongs to a different botanical family than true yews (Taxus spp.). It is grown for its ornamental value in gardens and landscapes due to its glossy leaves and unique appearance, and it thrives in shaded areas. Unlike true yews, Chinese plum yews are not known to be toxic.

The Story


The foliage is dark green, needle-like, and arranged in flattened sprays. The needles are typically about 1 inch long.


The reproductive structures of Cephalotaxus fortunei ‘Grandis’ are cone-like and contain seeds. These structures are often referred to as “arils” or “pseudo-arils” rather than true cones. The cones are usually small, approximately 1 to 2 inches in size, and have a fleshy, berry-like appearance. The colour of the seed cones can vary, but they are often reported to be red to purple when mature.
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