The seed for this Chinese plum yew was collected in China in 1980 on a joint plant collecting trip involving institutions from the United States and China. An evergreen conifer, the Chinese plum yew retains its green needles year-round. In summer, female plants grow red, olive-shaped seeds.
This Chinese plum yew is the result of a plant collecting trip. Learn more about the trip in the audio segment below.
Keeper of the Living Collections Michael Dosmann says that plant collecting is part of the Arboretum’s core identity. Listen below to hear him speak about over 150 years of plant collecting.