Chinese Plum Yew  Cephalotaxus fortunei

Origin: Introduced from China in the 1840s, it is an uncommon species in collections in the south of England.

Leaves: this is another Yew-like species. In fact the Latin name means "Yew-headed". The leaves are glossy, dark-green, parallel-sided, tapering and gradually down-curved at the tips. There are two broad whitish bands beneath. Unlike the similar Californian Nutmeg, the leaves are softly pointed.

In the related Japanese Plum Yew C. harringtonia the leaves curve upwards from the stem to form a V-shape.

At Keele : We have only a small shrub-like specimen in the border alongside the path from the shops to Keele Hall. Compartment 29a; square N8.

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