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PlantFiles: Japanese Yew
Taxus cuspidata

Family: Taxaceae
Genus: Taxus (TAKS-us) (Info)
Species: cuspidata (kus-pi-DAY-tuh) (Info)

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2 members have or want this plant for trade.


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

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)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From semi-hardwood cuttings
By grafting

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Lk321134 On Mar 19, 2011, Lk321134 from Saint Petersburg, FL wrote:

This plant is grown alot in almost every part of Florida. Handles heavy pruning and topiary well. Can also grow quite large pretty quickly as a tree so I wouldn't recommend grow it next your house. Can make a tall and very dense hedge but is also a nice looking tree espeically when older. Doesn't seem to mind being in dry sand and full Florida sun either.

Neutral palmbob On Jan 29, 2004, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is another tree I found in perfect health in Pasadena California, a zone 9b, so it obviously has a bit more climate latitude than suggested on this page. The variety I saw was called 'bright gold'. There is a lot of yellow in the branches so that may be why.


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

East Palatka, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Covington, Louisiana
Topsfield, Massachusetts
Bucyrus, Ohio
Sumter, South Carolina

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