Japanese yew (Taxus cuspidata)

USDA Hardiness Zones

USDA hardiness zones
Japanese yew
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Japanese yew (Taxus cuspidata)

Cultivars:
Zone Zone  more information
Hardy to zone 4b
Mature Height Mature Height
4 to 40 feet
Mature Spread Mature Spread
4 to 30 feet
Growth Rate Growth Rate
Slower
Sun Sun
All
Moisture Moisture
Moist soil, well drained
Fall Color Fall Color
None
Attracts Wildlife Attracts Wildlife
Yes
Flower Flower
Insignificant
Fruit Fruit
Insignificant
Evergreen Evergreen
Yes
Native to WI Native to WI
No
Additional Information Additional Information
wide-spreading, broad-pyramidal form; 4-40’ tall and 4-30’ wide (depends on cultivar); slow growing; mainly low growing shrub cultivars; soft, dark green leaves; female plants produce fruit with poisonous seed; reddish-brown bark; full sun, partial shade, to full shade; subject to winterburn in exposed areas; prefers a sandy, loamy soil; pH adaptable; moist, well-drained soil; will not tolerate poorly drained, compacted soils; susceptible to root rot in poorly drained soil; subject to deer browsing; can shear into hedge; native to Asia; hardy to zone 4b

UW Extension
For more information, see the UW Extension Urban Horticulture Team Web site: www.uwex.edu/ces/wihort
Primary Author: Dr. Laura Jull
Photos by: Dr. Laura Jull and Dr. Ed Hasselkus

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