Emerald Spreader® Japanese Yew
Emerald Spreader® Japanese Yew
Taxus cuspidata 'Monloo'Item #7234 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 7
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.
- OverviewLight Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.Average Landscape Size:Moderate growing; reaches 2 1/2 ft. tall, spreading 8 to 10 ft. wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:TAKS-us kus-pi-DAY-taDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:2 - 6, 14 - 17Growth habit:SpreadingGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 2 1/2 ft. tall, spreading 8 to 10 ft. wide.Foliage color:Dark GreenBlooms:Conifer; 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.Companion PlantsRose (Rosa); Lilac (Syringa); Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Iris (Iris); Coral Bells (Heuchera)
- CareCare InformationPrefers 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.Pruning time: summer.Light Needs:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:This form of Japanese yew was introduced by Monrovia in 1987. It was discovered as a sport of T. cuspidata, a native of Japan, Korea and Manchuria. Taxus is a genus of woody trees and shrubs which falls into the Taxaceae family. The genus contains eight species all native to the Northern Hemisphere. The species was introduced into the United States by Dr. George R. Hall who sent plants from Shanghai. From these first introductions into Europe and the US came a variety of new yews often listed as Taxus x mediacultivars. 'Monloo' produces a female-clone type flower.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.