Japanese Yew
Taxus cuspidata

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

Category:

Shrubs

Conifers

Height:

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)

Spacing:

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)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Seed is poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

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

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

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.

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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.