Dense Spreading Yew
Dense Spreading Yew
Taxus x media 'Densiformis'Item #7232 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 7
This dense, low, spreading shrub is an excellent basic foundation planting for a hedge, screen or border. The dark green foliage backs scarlet-colored, berry-like cones. A versatile and durable evergreen that provides year-round interest in the landscape and tolerates shearing well.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often 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 berry-like 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 InformationProvide evenly moist, well-drained soil with protection from harsh, drying winds. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates drought. Fertilize before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, prune annually to shape.Pruning time: summer.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often 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.