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Japanese Yew

Taxus cuspidata

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Japanese Yew (Taxus cuspidata) at New Garden Landscaping & Nursery

Japanese Yew

Japanese Yew

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Japanese Yew (Taxus cuspidata) at New Garden Landscaping & Nursery

Japanese Yew fruit

Japanese Yew fruit

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Japanese Yew (Taxus cuspidata) at New Garden Landscaping & Nursery

Japanese Yew foliage

Japanese Yew foliage

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Height:  30 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Description:

An extremely versatile small evergreen tree; the species itself is a dense pyramidal tree with deep green needles and characteristic red berries on female plants, takes pruning well, loves shade; numerous cultivars are available for specific applications

Ornamental Features

Japanese Yew has dark green foliage which emerges light green in spring. The ferny leaves remain dark green throughout the winter. The flowers are not ornamentally significant. The fruits are showy red drupes displayed from early to late fall. The peeling brown bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Japanese Yew is a dense evergreen tree with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and can be pruned at anytime. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Japanese Yew is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Vertical Accent
  • Hedges/Screening
  • Topiary

Planting & Growing

Japanese Yew will grow to be about 30 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.

This tree performs well in both full sun and full shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Articulation  Screening  Topiary 
Applications
Fruit  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features