Florida Yew
Taxus floridana

Family: Taxaceae
Genus: Taxus (TAKS-us) (Info)
Species: floridana (flor-ih-DAY-na) (Info)

Category:

Trees

Conifers

Height:

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Spacing:

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Hardiness:

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

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

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

N/A

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Chartreuse/Yellow

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Bristol, Florida

Madison, Florida

Tallahassee, Florida

South Hadley, Massachusetts

Waltham, Massachusetts

Gardeners' Notes:

1
positive
3
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

On Mar 8, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This species is commercially available, and clearly is much hardier than indicated above. There are many large specimens on the campus of Brandeis University in Waltham, MA, Z6a.

In its tiny native range, this threatened species is being overbrowsed by deer to the point of extinction.

Positive

On Mar 8, 2015, sladeofsky from Louisville, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

This species is said by some to be much, much more cold hardy (z4) than listed here. In fact it appears to grow better further North than it's current native range. It may be among the multitude of plants that sought refuge in the American South during the Ice Age, but has not yet had time or faced too much competition to migrate back north. Many species now found in the American South once inhabited much more northerly areas before the ice ages. This yew may be another of those species.

Neutral

On Jul 23, 2005, zsnp from Pensacola, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

Florida Yew is a very rare species restricted to the river bluffs and ravines on the banks of the Apalachicola River in Panhandle region of Florida.

Neutral

On Sep 19, 2003, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

One of the rarest trees in the world, Taxus floridana is found growing in only a small part of Florida. The actual cold-hardiness is unknown, as it is not available commercially, nor is it found in more temperate regions.