This shrubby species is being exploited for its bark (also twigs, roots and seeds), which contains anti-carcinogenic alkaloids, for medicinal purposes; it is also in cultivation as an ornamental shrub both in and outside China. It was introduced to Britain and the USA by E.H. Wilson but apparently has not been successful, probably due to cold winters.
References and further reading
- Farjon, A. (2010). A Handbook of the World's Conifers. Koninklijke Brill, Leiden. Zhou, Y., Hu, Y.X., Lin, J.X. and Wang, Y.P. 1997. The biology and conservation of Cephalotaxus oliveri Mast. Guihaia 17(3): 249-254.
- Liao, W. & Yang, Y. 2013. Cephalotaxus oliveri. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2.
- Zhou, Y., Hu, Y.X., Lin, J.X. & Wang, Y.P. (1997). The biology and conservation of Cephalotaxus oliveri Mast. Guihaia 17(3): 249-254.