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TAXUS
YEW


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Baccata
English Yew


As a species Taxus baccata or English Yew grows to about 12-20 meters high and is native to the British Isles, Europe, N. Africa, and W. Asia at about 100 to 2000 meters elevation. It has been in cultivation since ancient times and is still very popular in its many forms. There are over 100 varieties of T. baccata commonly used today.

Intermediate
Spreading
Zone 6
'REPANDENS' This female form is a dwarf and very dense, low growing form with wide spreading branches and good dark green color. It was introduced in 1887 by Parsons & Sons Nursery. Often seen in old plantings and in arboretums.

Intermediate
Spreading
Zone 6
'WATNONG GOLD' This recent selection is from Watnong Arboretum, NJ, and it grows like T. baccata 'REPENS AUREA' but has a brighter gold color. It will grow wider than high at a rapid rate.
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Cuspidata
Japanese Yew


The species of Taxus cuspidata, Japanese Yew, will grow to about 20 meters tall in its native area of Korea, N.E. China, S.E. USSR, and Japan at an elevation of 500 to 2400 meters. It was introduced into Britain in 1854 by R. Fortune. Because it is much hardier than T. baccata this species is more popular.

Dwarf
Spreading
Zone 4
'BRIGHT GOLD' This variety is similar in habit to T. baccata 'AUREA' but has a much brighter gold color. Always very popular!


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GROWTH
PER YEAR


Miniature........
less than 3"

Dwarf............
3-6"

Intermediate.....
6-12"

Large............
more than 12"