x media “Densiformis”
Known as- Yew
Grow Zone - 4 to 7
Type- Needled evergreen
Smith Scl. hardy? No
ht.- 3 to 4 ft.
Span- 4 to 6 ft.
Shade/Light- Full sun to part shade
Moisture- Medium dampure
Hi/Lo Maint- Low
Easily grown in average, moderate wet, well-drained soils of near neutral
pH in full sun to part shade. Tolerates a wide range of soils as long
as drainage is good. Also tolerant of full shade and considerable pruning.
Intolerant of temperature extremes. Prune or shear as desired in early
spring before new growth appears.
This hybrid yew cultivar is a semi-dwarf, dense, spreading, evergreen
shrub which typically grows in a mound to 3-4” tall but spreads
to 5-7” wide. Yews are classified as conifers, but female plants
(yews are dioecious) produce red, fleshy, single-seeded fruit instead
of cones. “Densiformis” is a female cultivar. Lustrous, dark
green, thin-needled foliage. The popular Taxus x media hybrid cultivars
are crosses between Japanese yews (Taxus cuspidata) and English yews (Taxus
baccata). All parts of this plant are poisonous if ingested.
Long-lived and generally considered a low-maintenance shrub with no serious
insect or disease problems. Plants may wilt and die if grown in heavy,
poorly drained soils. Foliage may brown in winter (winter burn) from exposure
to arid winter winds. Twig dieback may occur in winter or at other times
in the year as a result of damage caused by sudden and extreme winter
Frequently used as a specimen, small hedge
or foundation plant around outdoor fountains.