Taxus x media 'Hicksii'Item #7233 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 7
Excellent evergreen shrub for tall hedges, displaying glossy dark green foliage. Long, upright growing branches form a narrow, columnar habit. Provide well drained soil for best performance.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly in extreme heat for best performance.Average Landscape Size:Slow grower to 10 to 12 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:TAKS-us x MEE-di-aPlant type:ConiferDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:Columnar, NarrowGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slow grower to 10 to 12 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide.Special features:Easy Care, Ornamental Berries, Showy Fruit, Tolerates Road Salt, Waterwise, Year-round InterestFoliage color:GreenBlooms:Produces berry-like cones.Design IdeasThis yew is a traditional hedge plant, useful for its narrow, upright growth that take to shearing well. It also works well as a single, columnar accent in the landscape or on either side of a doorway.Companion PlantsLilac (Syringa); Weigela (Weigela); Spirea (Spiraea); Potentilla (Potentilla); Periwinkle (Vinca)
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: summer.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly in extreme heat for best performance.
- 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.