Hicks Yew (Taxus x Media ‘Hicksii’) Zone 4 to 8
Hicks Yew (Taxus x Media ‘Hicksii’) is an beautiful shrub that grows as in an upright form, staying extremely skinny while still getting a nice height. It will grow on average up to 8 feet tall but has been seen to grow much taller. It is very easy to control the size of a Hicks Yew by simply shearing it. It has dark green needles that measure under and inch and are thin and long. When sheared the foliage stays very thick and dense. Hicks Yew produces a bright red seed in late summer or fall. The seeds are beautiful but are poisonous when eaten, so I would not recommend planting one of you have kids. Hicks Yew can be trimmed into any shape and makes a really good topiary. They make a good spiral or a pompom because they are easy to shape and have a sturdy trunk.
Hicks Yew Landscape Use
In a landscape Hicks Yew can be used in many ways. They are a good shrub to plant on either side of a door to create a formal look, they can be planted between windows to break up a plain wall and add some height, or can be used as a hedge shrub. I have seen two hicks yews planted on either side of a walkway and had the tops connecting to make an archway. They also can be used as a potted plant on your porch or deck without much maintenance because they are drought resistant and are cold hardy so you will not need to plant them in the ground when winter comes The bad thing about Hicks yew is that they were used in just about every landscape years ago and are in just about every landscape in older houses.
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Mature height: The mature height is 8 to 12 feet but can be trimmed into a smaller size if desired.
Mature width: The average width is 2 to 3 feet wide. I have seen them in landscapes where people keep them 6 inches wide.
Soil type: Hicks Yew will grow in just about any soil type. They will grow in very poor soil.
Growth rate: Moderate growth rate. They will grow about 8 inches per year on average, but can grow faster is the soil is good.
Sun Exposure: Hicks Yew will grow best in full sun to part shade. They will grow in full shade but will not grow as fast and the foliage will not get as thick.
Moisture: They can handle most conditions but will not grow in standing water. Water it when first planted until roots are established. Hicks Yew is very drought tolerant.
Flower: The flower is small and inconspicuous.
Seed: Bright red, single seed pods will appear in late summer. The seeds are poisonous.
Winter color: The color turns darker in winter.
Maintenance: Moderate. They will need trimmed once or twice a year to control growth. If you have it made into a topiary the may need trimmed more.