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Spreading Yew

Scientific Name: Cepholotaxus prostrata
Best Planted In Zone: 6-9


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The Prostrata 'Spreading Yew' is probably the most popular variety of the Cephalotaxus family of soft-needled evergreen shrubs which are known for their ability to thrive shaded areas. Spreading Yews are very drought tolerant once established, and while lacking visible blooms they have wonderful fern-like green foliage with a weeping appearance, making them a sure ground cover favorite around structures or trees. The evergreen reaches a mature height of 3 to 4 feet and a width of 4 to 6 feet. USDA ZONES: Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9.
Most PlantMeGreen shrubs can be shipped and planted any time of year, unless the variety is specified as only seasonal delivery. Packages are typically shipped within 7-10 days from the time of your order. You will receive a tracking email upon confirmation of your PlantMeGreen purchase. On some occasions, severe weather and other unusual issues can delay shipping and delivery of your PlantMeGreen package. Delivery time cannot be guaranteed, if a package needs to arrive prior to a specific date, or at a more convenient time for you, please notate that upon placement of your order.
First, decide on a planting location. Consider carefully the growing-space your shrub will need. These plants prefer well-drained, neutral to acidic soil and part to full shade (especially in hot southern climates). The hole you are digging must be at least double the width and as deep as the root system you are planting. The top of the root system should be level with the ground. Before placing the tree or shrub in the hole, use your hands to gently break up the root system. Once the tree is in place, backfill the hole with native soil and any leftover potting material. Pack down the soil to eliminate any air pockets. When finished, water thoroughly. To insure your plants a successful growth rate and productive life, plant your seedlings per the instructions included in your PlantMeGreen package.
Once your spreading yew is established it will be very drought tolerant but they require plenty of water and good drainage until then. In cooler areas, winter wind and full sun may cause temporary bronzing of the leaves so full to part shade is recommended--in hot southern climates planting in shaded areas is necessary to avoid leaf damage. These shrubs grow best in neutral to acidic soils as long as they are not heavily saturated in moisture. Your yew will like occasional pruning if you desire but does not require it unless the foliage becomes so dense that air cannot flow around the branches. A great choice for your landscape project!