|Yews' dense medium-sized shrubs are commonly used in clipped hedges and topiary. These slow-growing, long-lived plants range from 1-foot dwarfs to 60-foot giant trees. Their broad, needlelike dark leaves stay green year-round. The foliage is poisonous, and the scarlet fall fruit of female trees has poisonous seeds, so plant away from small children. Tolerate urban dust, air pollution, and, once established, drought. Protect from winter sun and drying winds. Require moist well-drained soils. Will not tolerate strongly acid or alkaline soils. Prune to control size and shape. Mostly disease-free, but prone to black vine weevils.
Shape this dense Yew into a hedge or screen or grow as a pyramidal specimen. Its dull green leaves are yellowish underneath. Cultivars have varying sizes and shapes. Prone to beetles, spider mites and scale.
Attributes - Taxus cuspidata
Plant Type: Tree
Height: 25 ft. to 40 ft.
Width: 20 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Climate: Zones 4, 5, 6, 7
Notes: Thrives in Acid Soil. Low Maintenance, Poisonous.
Taxus cuspidata 'Capitata', Taxus cuspidata 'Nana', Taxus x media