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Cephalotaxus harringtonii Korean Gold

Plum yew

Bright yellow colour and upright form

A new variety of conifer with upright branches and long, yew-like golden needles, brighter at the tips of the stems, yellow-green lower down. The foliage at the end of the stems can be so bright it positively glows. It grows slowly to 1.8metres (6ft) or more, increasing in size by 20cm (6ins) a year, and has a fastigiate habit. An excellent focal point in a garden; its bright colour and upright form is bound to attract attention.


Plant in full sun or semi shade in a bed or border, on the rock garden, in gravel or in a large pot or container. Ideal for narrow borders.


Any well-drained, but moist fertile soil. Dislikes drought. In a pot use a lime-free loam based compost. No pruning required.

A brighter alternative to the golden Irish Yew

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Conifer
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 180 cm - 300 cm
Plant width 90 cm - 150 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 150 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Garden edging, City garden, Mediterranean garden

Typically available

From April to September