Golden Irish Yew
Taxus baccata 'Stricta Aurea'
|Description||Dense, needle-like, evergreen foliage has golden margins that become more intense in warm, sunny exposures. Vibrant red berry-like fruit stands out in the fall - do not ingest! The stately, upright form works well as a landscape specimen or planted en masse for a privacy screen or hedge. Takes well to shearing.|
|Light||Full sun, Partial sun|
|Watering||Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.|
|Blooms||Conifer; prized for foliage.|
|Mature Size||Slow growing; reaches 15 to 30 ft. tall, 4 to 8 ft. wide.|
|Landscape Use||Hedge, Privacy Screen, Suitable for Topiary|
|Design Ideas||The symmetrical, distinctively columnar shape of this stately shrub delivers a bold statement in formal groupings. Highly effective as a foundation or accent specimen, providing an exceptional vertical effect in the landscape. Excellent texture and color contrast for green broadleaf plants. Plant en masse to create a handsome tall hedge or privacy screen.|
|Companion Plants||Lilac (Syringa); Viburnum (Viburnum); Potentilla (Potentilla); Periwinkle (Vinca); Lavender (Lavandula)|
|Care||Easily adapts to most well-drained soils. 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 neat appearance, prune annually to shape in early spring.|
|Lore||Unlike other conifers, plants of the Taxus genus do not produce seed-bearing cones, but rather small red fruit that resemble single seed berries. CAUTION: FRUIT IS HIGHLY TOXIC IF INGESTED|
This Plant's Growing Zones: 6-8
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