taxus x media 'hicksii' (hick's yew)

size: 5 gallon (80cm)
  • columnar, dense, with sharply ascending branches
  • excellent evergreen for tight hedging
  • narrow, short-stalked, dark green needles
  • small, round, fleshy, red berries on mature stems
  • extremely low tolerance for wet, poorly drained conditions
  • mature taxus species have the ability to regrow from old wood, so older specimens can be rejuvenated in the garden
  • zone 5
  • height 250-300cm
  • spread 150-175cm
  • a versatile evergreen tolerating heavy pruning, making it ideal for hedges, screens, foundation plantings and topiary landscapes
  • can also be left unpruned for a softer textured landscape
  • a very columnar-growing cultivar, making it a good vertical accent
  • protection (burlap wrap) from drying, winter winds is recommended in an exposed location
  • tolerates full sun, part sun and shade
  • attracts birds
  • drought tolerant, once established
  • low maintenance
  • berries are poisonous
  • (image courtesy of NVK nurseries, NVK holdings inc.)