• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering 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.
    Key Feature:
    Easy Care Plant
    Conifer; prized for foliage and berry-like cones.
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:TAKS-us kus-pi-DAY-ta
    Plant type:Shrub, Conifer
    Sunset climate zones:2 - 6, 14 - 17
    Growth habit:Spreading
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 2 1/2 ft. tall, spreading 8 to 10 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Dark Green
    Blooms: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)
  • Care
    Care Information
    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.Pruning time: summer.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    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.
    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.


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