Emerald Spreader® Japanese Yew

Taxus cuspidata 'Monloo'

SKU
07234
This exceptional, cold hardy, evergreen shrub is a perfect low-maintenance choice for ground cover, large scale borders or a low hedge. Strong and sturdy, it provides good erosion control on slopes. The attractive dark green foliage retains its color in the coldest of winters. Evergreen.
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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 MaturityModerate growing; reaches 2 to 3 ft. tall, spreading 8 to 10 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeConifer; prized for foliage and berry-like cones.
Design IdeasThis beautiful evergreen is a super useful cold hardy ground cover for cut slopes, banks and naturally sloping ground subject to problem run-off and erosion. Its well suited to expansive borders and islands for low maintenance weed-blocking coverage between more high profile upright shrubs. A strong grower, it stands up against the edges of walks and driveways. Foliage gracefully grounds larger rock outcroppings and will drape off curbs and retaining walls.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorDark Green
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Rustic
Growth HabitSpreading
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseBorder, Erosion Control, Hedge, Mass Planting, Woodland Garden, Hillside, Wildlife Garden, Urban Garden, Ground Cover
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureDense Habit, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Fruit Poisonous, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance, Waterwise, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsRose (Rosa); Lilac (Syringa); Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Iris (Iris); Coral Bells (Heuchera)

Prefers sandy, slightly acidic, consistently moist, well-drained soils. Water deeply, regularly during first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency once established. Apply fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a tidy appearance, prune annually to shape.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-7

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