Chinese Plum Yew Cephalotaxus sinensis

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Botanical Name:

Cephalotaxus sinensis







Common Name:

Chinese Plum Yew

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  • Cephalotaxus sinensis

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Growing Info, follow in order:
Scarification: soak in warm water, let stand in water for 24 hours.
Stratification: cold stratify for 90 days.
Germination: sow seed 1/2" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
Other: may also require warm stratification, so germination may be delayed by 1 year.
In a Nutshell:
* Cephalotaxus sinensis is an evergreen Shrub growing to 5 m (16ft 5in) at a slow rate.
* Cephalotaxus sinensis is a coniferous shub or small tree in the plum yew family. It is native to central and southern China.
Some botanists consider Cephalotaxus koreana and C. sinensis to be synonymous with Cephalotaxus harringtonia more...

Very tolerant of pruning, this plant makes a very good hedge in shady positions. The wood is used to make furniture, farm implements, crafts, and utensils.
* Extracts from the plant have shown anticancer activity. The branches, roots, leaves, and seeds are a source of many alkaloids, which are used to treat leukaemia and lymphosarcoma. more...
Physical Characteristics  Cephalotaxus sinensis is an evergreen Shrub growing to 5 m (16ft 5in) at a slow rate. It is hardy to zone 7 and is not frost tender. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from Apr to May, and the seeds ripen from Oct to November. The flowers are dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required) and are pollinated by Wind.The plant is not self-fertile. The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils.The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils..It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) or semi-shade (light woodland).It requires moist soil.
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