Capitata Japanese Yew
Taxus cuspidata 'Capitata'
Filtered sun, Full sun, Partial shade, Partial sun
Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
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|Botanical Pronunciation||TAKS-us kus-pi-DAY-ta|
|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.|
|Average Size at Maturity||Slowly reaches 25 to 30 ft. tall, 20 ft. wide.|
|Bloom Time||Conifer; prized for foliage.|
|Garden Style||Asian/Zen, Contemporary, Rustic|
|Landscape Use||Erosion Control, Hedge, Privacy Screen, Specimen, Woodland Garden, Coastal Exposure, Wildlife Garden, Urban Garden|
|Light Needs||Filtered sun, Full sun, Partial shade, Partial sun|
|Soil Needs||All-Purpose Plant Food|
|Special Feature||Attractive Bark, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Fruit Poisonous, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly, Tolerates Urban Pollution|
|Watering Needs||Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.|
|Companion Plants||Rose (Rosa); Lilac (Syringa); Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Coral Bells (Heuchera); Iris (Iris)|
Prefers consistently moist, well-drained sandy loam; does not tolerate heavy, soggy soils. Shelter from harsh, drying winter winds. Water deeply, regularly during first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system; once established, reduce frequency. Fertilize in early spring. Prune annually to shape or maintain smaller size.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-7