Japan and Korea.
Spreading shrub slightly smaller than the species, possibly broader than tall.
Can be grown in partial shade to full sun. Prefers moist, well-drained soils. Plants show considerable heat and drought tolerance. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants by Michael Dirr recommends it as a substitute plant for yew in southern gardens. Seems to tolerate pruning and shearing.
Possibly some specimen use, but typically used in groups and mass plantings. This plant grows slowly and could be used in smaller areas than indicated by its mature size.
Spirally arranged foliage held in two planes that form a distinct v-groove on the upper surface of the branch. Leaves .75 to 1.75 inches long, with pointed apex and two gray bands beneath. Leaves may be slightly sickle-shaped.
Gray and exfoliating into strips.
Seed is oval in shape and 1 to 1.25 inches long and brown at maturity.
Seeds, cuttings (roots slowly).