Anglo Japanese Yew (Taxus 'Taunton')

Also sold as:
Taxus x media 'Tauntoni'
Tauntonii

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full 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: 3 to 4 feet (.9-1.2 m)
Plant Spread: 5 to 6 feet (1.5-1.8 m)
Leaves: Evergreen
Needled
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Uses: Provides winter interest
Groundcover
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Fruit is poisonous
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Dioecious

three maturing shrubs around a birch

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Location: Hinsdale, IllinoisDate: 2010-08-17three maturing shrubs around a birch
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Location: Hinsdale, Illinois; the north bedDate: 2010-08-17three mature shrubs around birch
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Location: Cantigni Gardens in Wheaton, IllinoisDate: 2018-08-24used as unclipped low hedge
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Location: Cantigni Gardens in Wheaton, IllinoisDate: 2018-08-24yews closer in line
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Comments:
Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Nov 24, 2017 11:48 AM

I consider this to be the best cultivar of either Anglojapanese or Japanese Yews because it grows in a neat, yet informal, natural form. This is not for any shearing at all, just some light pruning by hand pruners. It is not commonly used, but it is available at some larger, diverse nurseries. I bought six from Berthold Nursery in Elk Grove Village, IL in the 1990's and planted then around Whitespire Birch trees in Hinsdale, IL. D. Hill Nursery in Union, IL sells them as does Midwest Groundcovers & Wasco Nursery in St Charles, IL. This cultivar is very resistant to winter burn and to heat for a yew. The last time that I saw the yews I planted, they were still in good shape in 2015 and not ruined by what Dr. Michael Dirr referred to as "the worst landscape tool of all time, the hedge shears." In August 2018 I found Taunton Yews used as low hedges around other plants, but unclipped ones, at Cantigni Gardens and War Museum in Wheaton, Illinois. I just found some other big nurseries selling this cultivar in southern Minnesota at Dundee Nursery in Plymouth & Hutchinson, MN and Sargent's Nursery in Rochester, MN. I have not seen any of the "red berries" on this cultivar in person or in photos on the internet, so it seems to be just a male selection of yew. (Only female cultivars or clones bear the dark seed in a surrounding red aril.) Some sources online list it as cold hardy to Zone 3b and heat resistant into Zone 8.

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