Taxus x media 'Hicksii'Item #7233 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 7
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An excellent evergreen shrub for tall hedges and privacy screens. The long, upright-growing branches with dense, glossy, dark green foliage naturally form a narrow, columnar habit that works well as a foundation plant, or placed in pairs at entries or doorways.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering 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.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:TAKS-us x MEE-di-aPlant type:ConiferDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenGrowth habit:Columnar, NarrowGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slowly reaches 10 to 12 ft. tall, 3 to 4 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms: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)
- 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; 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: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.