Chinese plum-yew Taxaceae Cephalotaxus fortunei
Leaf:Evergreen, linear-lanceolate flat needles, 1 1/2 to 5 inches long, spirally arranged but displayed as two-ranked, leathery with pointed tip, shiny green above and 2 pale lines below.
Flower:Both male and female flower cones born in clusters on short stalks, males pale yellow, females yellow-green and rounded.
Fruit:Olive-like fleshy aril, to 1 inch long; similar to a very large olive with a fleshy, leathery outer red-brown covering and an inner, yellow-brown, thick walled seed. Borne in clusters of 3 to 6.
Twig:Slender, green when young turning reddish brown as they mature.
Bark:Mature bark is thin, red-brown with shallow, irregular fissures and shreddy strips.
Form:A small tree or multistemmed shrub to 65 feet but far more commonly to 15 feet; branches have a distinctive drooping habit.