Japanese Yew

Taxus cuspidata

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




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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


Provides winter interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

By grafting

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

East Palatka, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Lisle, Illinois

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Urbana, Illinois

Covington, Louisiana

Topsfield, Massachusetts

Bucyrus, Ohio

Perry, Ohio

Downingtown, Pennsylvania

Media, Pennsylvania

Sumter, South Carolina

Appleton, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


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

Back in Japan it can be either a small pyramidal tree of 20 feet high or more or a large spreading shrub. In the Midwestern and Eastern USA I have only seen the straight species being a large shrub of several trunks and about 15 feet high and much wider. There are a few pyramidal cultivars, as 'Capitata.' The needles to 1" long are mostly 2-ranked on the twigs. The bark on large specimens is handsome being reddish-brown with some exfoliation. Yews are dioecious so that there are separate male and female plants. The males bear yellow soft cones in spring and loose a cloud of yellow pollen. The females bear the black seed covered by a red fleshy aril. I occasionally see the straight shrubby species here and there, especially at old estates. Many shrub cultivars have been selected from this ... read more


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.


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.