Name: Cephalotaxus harringtonia ‘Fastigiata’ upright Japanese Plum Yew
Type of Plant: Slow growing, upright evergreen that grows well in sun or part shade.
Why I Love/Hate this plant: It’s not easy to find an upright evergreen that stays thin and doesn’t grow so quickly that it’s soon too large. I love this plant because of those characteristics, but also because it’s dark green in color, tolerates a lot of shade, and the deer don’t eat it! This is a great plant for covering your electric meters, for example. It’s a good shrub for a space that’s only four feet wide, and for putting in with other evergreens for a contrasting shape, color and texture.
A Word to the Wise: This plant can be pruned as needed, but it’s not a fast-growing shrub. So if you want it to screen utilities on the side of a house, for example, buy one that’s already three feet tall.