Cephalotaxus harringtonii 'Hedgehog' / Hedgehog Japanese plum-yew

Cephalotaxus harringtonii 'Hedgehog' is a low-growing, spreading selection of Korean plum-yew with exceptionally dense branching, and thick, glossy, fleshy, dark-green needles. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 3 feet (1 m) tall and 4 feet (1.3 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 3 to 4 inches (7.5 - 10 cm).

[ Iseli Nursery online catalog ] Long, deep green, glossy needles cover the low-growing, spreading Cephalotaxus harringtonii ‘Hedgehog,’ which is much denser than other spreading forms. Easily pruned to use as an alternative to Buxus for a low edging or border. The plant’s preference to partial shade and deer resistance make it particularly useful.

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected by Iseli Nursery, Boring, Oregon, USA.

Cephalotaxus harringtonii 'Hedgehog' — a 2017 accession at the New York Botanical Garden, The Bronx, New York (USDA Hardiness Zone 7a); photo from 2020.
Photo by Katherine Wagner-Reiss