General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7b
Plant Height: usually 10 to 15 feet; up to 50 feet possible
Plant Spread: usually 6 to 10 feet; to 30 feet possible
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Late fall or early winter
Suitable Locations: Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree
Uses: Provides winter interest
Resistances: Rabbit Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Tip
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Dioecious
Child plants: one child plant

Common names
  • Japanese Yew

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Location: Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Date: fall in the 1980's
three specimens having been sheared
Location: Scarborough, ON
Date: 2017-05-21
Location: Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Date: winter in the 1980's
several specimens sheared
Location: Home
Date: 2016-08-16
Location: Home
Date: 2016-08-16
Location: Home
Date: 2016-08-16
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  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jan 14, 2020 12:52 PM concerning plant:
    This cultivar is the most common Japanese Yew selection that brings forth a pyramidal tree form in the northern USA and southern Canada. It is propagated by taking only the very terminal tip of a plant to root it, as side branches rooted will result in having shrubs instead. It has been commonly planted in many yards in the Midwest, the Mid-Atlantic, and the Northeast and is sheared a lot by homeowners to keep it about 6 to 12 feet high. Unfortunately, the average homeowner does not know that it is against landscape design law to plant pointed evergreens or any such plant at the corners of a building or house because it emphasizes the vertical aspect. It is so often wrongly used one at each corner of a house or even at the front doorway. If it is planted in odd number group, then it is not such a harsh form. It is best for a formal garden or landscape. I recommend people visit Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia to check out how one should design and plant a formal European type of landscape. In Europe the less cold hardy English Yew is used instead.
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