Conifer Trees: Cephalotaxus
This is a small genus closely allied to the Taxus family and in appearance resemble large leaved “Yews”.
The few species and cultivars are not widely known but are all shrubby in nature, growing well in shade and on chalky soils.
Qephalotaxus harringtonia var. drupacea
Dwarf Tree. After ten years: 60-90cm. Ultimate Height: 2-3m.
This variety has two interesting common names “The Cow’s tail Pine” and the “Japanese Plum”, the first perhaps descriptive of its branches and the second of its fruits which are olive-green. The plant itself has light green leaves. There is a form of C. harringtonia resembling the “Irish Yew” both in its habit and in the colour of its deep green leaves called C. harringtonia ‘Fastigiata’.