• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slowly reaches 10 to 12 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Narrow Hedge Plant
    Blooms:
    Conifer; prized for foliage and berry-like cones.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:TAKS-us x MEE-di-a
    Plant type:Conifer
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Growth habit:Columnar, Narrow
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slowly reaches 10 to 12 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Conifer; prized for foliage and 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); Potentilla (Potentilla); Spirea (Spiraea); Periwinkle (Vinca)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide 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; reduce frequency, once established. Fertilize before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, prune annually to shape.Pruning time: summer.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    Lore:
    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.