Dense Spreading Yew
Taxus x media 'Densiformis'
Full sun, Partial sun
Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.
|Botanical Pronunciation||TAKS-us MEE-dee-uh|
|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 3 to 4 ft. tall, 4 to 6 ft. wide.|
|Bloom Time||Conifer; prized for foliage.|
|Design Ideas||This wide-growing evergreen combines well with more upright growers in the mixed border or in an island planting in the lawn. Since it takes part shade, it can easily be used under a tree.|
|Garden Style||Asian/Zen, Contemporary, Rustic|
|Landscape Use||Border, Hedge, Privacy Screen|
|Light Needs||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Special Feature||Easy Care, Waterwise, Benefits Birds|
|Watering Needs||Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.|
|Companion Plants||Rose (Rosa); Lilac (Syringa); Viburnum (Viburnum); Iris (Iris); Coral Bells (Heuchera)|
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. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates drought. Fertilize before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy, neat appearance, prune annually to shape.
This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-7