Conifers - Cephalotaxaceae
Chinese plum yew
Scientific name: Cephalotaxus fortunei
Shape: broadly spreading tree to 9 m in height; usually seen as a shrub in cultivation
Foliage: evergreen linear leaves up to 10 cm long, spreading in two rows on either side of shoot
Female cone: seed with fleshy coat that ripens olive-green
Native: central and eastern China
Remark: leaves of this conifer are used in Chinese folk medicine to treat cancers and have been found to contain alkaloids that inhibit the growth of sarcoma and leukaemia cells.