A highly desirable, shrubby conifer native to the Himalayas and eastern Asia that gives the appearance of a yew on steroids. Even better, unlike the true yews, Cephalotaxus is deer resistant and has excellent deep green foliage held along a handsome framework. Female plants produce curious, deep purple, grape-sized fruits that mature over two seasons. Plants are slow growing, performing best in partial shade in deep, rich soils. That said, they are quite adaptable to full sun and other soil types. The books say that they're zone 6 hardy but we feel that many clones are worth trialing further north.