American yew (Taxus canadensis)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Soil pH Preferences: Strongly acid (5.1 – 5.5)
Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 2 -45.6 °C (-50 °F) to -42.8 °C (-45°F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7b
Plant Height: 3 to 6 feet
Plant Spread: 6 to 12 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Needled
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Other: seed is toxic, not red aril
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Stratify seeds
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Monoecious
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
foliage and "berry"

Photo gallery:
Location: Jenkins Arboretum in Berwyn, PADate: 2014-06-22foliage and "berry"
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Location: Morton Arboretum east side in Lisle, ILDate: August 2015shrub near wetland area
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Location: Morton Arboretum in Midwest Collection in Lisle, ILDate: 2017-09-05the shrub planted in a landscape
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Location: Morton Arboretum in Midwest Collection in Lisle, ILDate: 2017-09-05the foliage in summer
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Location: Jenkins Arboretum in Berwyn, PADate: 2014-06-22a shrub in summer and shade
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Location: Jenkins Arboretum in Berwyn, PADate: 2011-12-18shrub in late fall
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Location: Jenkins Arboretum in Berwyn, PADate: 2012-03-18shrub in early spring
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Location: Jenkins Arboretum in Berwyn, PADate: 2014-06-22foliage and "berry" cone
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Comments:
Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Nov 20, 2017 8:44 PM

The Canadian or American Yew has not been used in gardens or landscapes because it grows more irregular in form. It is only available from some native or specialty nurseries. I think it is great in a naturalistic landscape, not for shearing. It is the cold hardiest Yew species. It is native to Newfoundland and southeast Canada, New England, New York, Pennsylvania, northern New Jersey, much of Ohio, Michigan, Northwest Illinois, west central Indiana, Wisconsin, northern Minnesota, and some spots in the Appalachians of West Virginia and Virginia. It is slow growing of a little less than 1 foot/year and lives hundreds of years. There are several cultivars; one is 'Compacta' that is more dense, but I have not yet seen them. It is subject to winter feeding by deer like Eurasian Yews.

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