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Dense Spreading Yew, Anglojap Yew 'Densiformis'

Taxus x media

Family: Taxaceae
Genus: Taxus (TAKS-us) (Info)
Species: x media (MEED-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Densiformis




Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:



Grown for foliage


Provides winter interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Melbourne, Arkansas

Decatur, Georgia

Caseyville, Illinois

Hinsdale, Illinois

Macy, Indiana

Alfred, Maine

Newton Highlands, Massachusetts

Traverse City, Michigan

Isle, Minnesota

Two Harbors, Minnesota

Sullivan, Missouri

North Tonawanda, New York

Perry, Ohio

Enid, Oklahoma

Portland, Oregon

Downingtown, Pennsylvania

Wakefield, Rhode Island

Fort Worth, Texas

Essex Junction, Vermont

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 21, 2015, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

This is the most commonly planted bushy cultivar of yew in the northern USA. It is a spreading form that is expected to be about 4 feet high x 8 feet wide if not pruned or sheared. Yew live hundreds of years and after a long time many nursery woody plants get larger than expected. It is unfortunate that shrub form of yews and other evergreens are sheared so much, usually into green lumps or meatballs. It is better to give a yew room and just prune with hand pruners or just lightly shear to keep a more natural form. This is often used for clipped hedges and shearing it for this is fine.


On Jul 26, 2010, braylen0 from Fort Worth, TX wrote:

Planted two last year, doing great. Planted 4 this spring, 2 are ok, 2 have a lot of brown tips and some limbs are brown to the ground. Don't know why this is happening, any body know? Maybe to much water?


On Apr 10, 2010, NickyJB from Yakima, WA wrote:

I have moved into a home that has a low hedge of "taxus cuspidata densiformis" (according to tag left on one plant). I would like to extend this hedge, but I cannot find this particular yew at our local nurseries. Is this plant the same as taxus x media densiformis? If anyone has information about this, I would greatly appreciate it.


On Mar 21, 2006, TBGDN from (Zone 5a) wrote:

This cultivar is ideal for property/homeowners who want added interest, year-round greenery and low maintenance shrubbery. 'Densiformis' can be used as a foundation planting, a speciman, or as a hedge. Although somewhat slow growing, it can attain a substantial size over many years. From personal experience (and documented data) it can reach 3-5' in height, with a spread of up to 8-9'. So the home landscape gardener must plan ahead to visualize the needs and space requirements of these plants. I have a two-acre country spread so I have the space and the area for lots of growth. With this said, what goes into the ground from a small nursery pot, might require a chainsaw and backhoe to remove 15-20 years later. So it is best to decide before planting if one has the proper space and whether t... read more