Capitata Japanese Yew

Taxus cuspidata 'Capitata'

Bright green pyramidal conifer is highly versatile. Fine textured foliage bears a soft, lush appearance. Attractive exfoliating reddish bark. Superior single specimen. Makes a valuable large scale screen, windbreak or background. Evergreen tree. Full sun. Moderate growth 25 to 30 feet tall, 20 feet wide.
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Botanical PronunciationTAKS-us kus-pi-DAY-ta
LoreAll 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 MaturitySlowly reaches 25 to 30 ft. tall, 20 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeConifer; prized for foliage.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Rustic
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseErosion Control, Hedge, Privacy Screen, Specimen, Woodland Garden, Coastal Exposure, Wildlife Garden, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFiltered sun, Full sun, Partial shade, Partial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureAttractive Bark, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Fruit Poisonous, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly, Tolerates Urban Pollution
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Key FeatureVersatile Specimen Tree

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.

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