Dense Spreading Yew
Dense Spreading Yew
Taxus x media 'Densiformis'Item #7232 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 7
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Dense, low, spreading shrub is an excellent basic foundation planting for hedge, screen or border. Dark green foliage backs scarlet berry-like cones. Versatile and durable, tolerates shearing well. Evergreen.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Slowly reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:TAKS-us x MEE-di-aPlant type:ConiferDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slowly reaches 3 to 4 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:Conifer; prized for foliage and cones.Design IdeasThis wide-growing evergreen combines well with more upright growers in the mixed border or in an island planting in the lawn. Since it takes part shade, it can easily be used under a tree.Companion PlantsRose (Rosa); Lilac (Syringa); Viburnum (Viburnum); Iris (Iris); Coral Bells (Heuchera)
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Tolerates mild drought when well established. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, shear annually to shape.Pruning time: summer.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly in extreme heat.
- History & LoreLore:All species of this genus are poisonous. One American species is the source of the cancer drug, Taxol. In England yew trees were restricted to church yards where they were not subject to livestock grazing, which caused many animal deaths in the past. Interestingly, deer may graze on them, unaffected. Birds are also attracted to the fruit, which they eat without consequence, as the flesh is not toxic to most, and the seed passes through intact.