Plant Finder

Creeping Plum Yew

Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'var. prostrata'

Add To My Wish List

Creeping Plum Yew (Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'var. prostrata') at Nunan Florist & Greenhouses

Creeping Plum Yew

Creeping Plum Yew

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  24 inches

Spread:  5 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  5

Other Names:  Cow's Tail Pine


An interesting prostrate variety that grows in a low spreading mound; will take more shade than almost any needled evergreen; makes a great groundcover in a shady area; good for foundation planting

Ornamental Features

Creeping Plum Yew has attractive dark green evergreen foliage which emerges light green in spring on a plant with a spreading habit of growth. The needles are highly ornamental and remain dark green throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Creeping Plum Yew is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. 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.

Creeping Plum Yew is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Creeping Plum Yew will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 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 70 years or more.

This shrub performs well in both full sun and full shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. 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. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Foliage Color  Texture  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features


269 Central Street
Georgetown, MA 01833

Garden Center, Nursery,
Florist Shop, and Greenhouse

Monday – Saturday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM