Dense Yew (Taxus x media ‘Densiformis’) Zone 5 to 7
Dense yew(Taxus x media ‘Densiformis’) or sometimes called Dens Yew is one of the most common shrubs in landscapes because it has been around for a long time. The bright green needles are long, skinny, and soft to the touch. The new foliage is light green and turns darker with age. It has a spreading habit, growing 4 feet tall and 6 feet wide if untrimmed. The white flowers are very small and not that visible unless you are up close, it is better known for the red berries it produces. The berries on appear in summer and hang on for quite some time. Dense Yew is a good shrub for beginners because it is a very strong shrub that is very hard to kill. It will tolerate drought, wet soil, full shade, and strong winds. It is also resistant to disease and insects.
Dense Yew Landscape Use
In landscapes, Dense Yew is very versatile and loves to be sheared into shapes. Some people keep them as round shrub and others like the square boxy look. When using them as a foundation shrub always keep the at least 3 feet away from sidewalks and house to prevent unwanted maintenance. They can be used as a small hedge, keeping them spaced 3 feet apart, or can be used to line a sidewalk or driveway to create a formal look.
Dense Yew Facts
Mature height: 3 to 4 feet tall but can be trimmed into almost any size.
Mature width: 4 to 6 feet wide if untrimmed.
Soil type: They will take just about any soil.
Growth rate: Fast. They will grow around 1 foot per year in good conditions.
Sun Exposure: Full sun to full shade.
Moisture: They can handle just about any condition. Water dense Yew for the first couple of months until roots are somewhat established and then it will not need watering.
Flower: Small-not visible.
Seed: The seed is a bright red single seed pod that is poisonous if is eaten. The seed will appear in the summer months and will hang on the shrub for about a month or two.
Winter color: The foliage turns darker in the winter to give you year round color.
Maintenance: It depends on how you wish to keep them. Most people like the sheared look that will make it a moderate amount of maintenance, or you can go with the natural look that will be low maintenance.
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