Yes, there is Cephalotaxus harringtonia ‘Fastigiata, a beautiful plant. Have killed several, as have nearby nurseryman friends when we all got excited and coveted the thing a number of years ago. Though it will technically survive to Zone 6 it won’t make Zone 5; even in 6 a heavy snow load will split it open and it won’t spring back up. In 5, you’ll also get dieback up top if not kill it outright. The prostrate version, C.p. ‘Prostrata,’ will do just fine. Odd, huh? But it’s a low, lax thing and doesn’t suffer so with the snowload and so on.
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.