Plant Care Chinese plum-yew

Chinese plum-yew

About Chinese plum-yew

Chinese plum-yew is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that is isn’t challenging to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Chinese plum-yew likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

Chinese plum-yew belongs to the Cephalotaxus genus, and is native to Eastern and Central China andMyanmar.


Cephalotaxus fortunei

Also known as

Chinese plum-yew, plum yew, Chinese cowtail pine and san jian shan

How to care for Chinese plum-yew


How often to water your Chinese plum-yew

Water needs for Chinese plum-yew
0.5 cups
every 9

Chinese plum-yew needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Atlanta, Georgia.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Water 0.5 cups every

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Chinese plum-yew in Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia

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Finding light for Chinese plum-yew in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Chinese plum-yew: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Chinese plum-yew love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Atlanta, Georgia ⛅.

Chinese plum-yew does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


How to fertilize Chinese plum-yew

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Chinese plum-yew: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Chinese plum-yew after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Chinese plum-yew is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Chinese plum-yew

Chinese plum-yew

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Atlanta, Georgia, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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