Japanese yews are single-trunked trees that grow in height from 20-50 feet. They may be spreading, or globe, pyramid or vase-shaped. They usually only grow 12 inches per year. Unlike most conifers, they tolerate deep shade with limited exposure to sun. Japanese yews with less exposure to sun require more pruning. They are fussy about their water intake, and need ample room to spread their roots. Leaves are flat and dark green, arranged spirally on the stem. Female plants display red berries in the fall.
Japanese yews are propagated by cuttings or by seeds. They work nicely as a formal or natural hedge, and dwarf varieties complement rock gardens. Every part of the Japanese yew (except for the berry) is poisonous enough to kill a large animal. Although the berry is not poisonous, the seeds within the berry are.
Hedges, foundation plants, rock gardens
Will grow for anybody
Partial Shade to Sun
Species of this Genus can be harmful to pets.
4 to 7
20 – 50 feet
7 to 25 feet
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