Yew shrubs, with their flat dark green needles and red berries grace landscapes from Alaska to Virginia make its various forms it useful landscape plants. Low lying shrubs serve as ground cover, shade and privacy during post offer. Globe shaped varieties are ornamental and decorative purposes. Uses three types of yew for shooting scenery are Japanese yew (Taxus cuspidata), English yew (T. baccata) and hybrids between the two (T. — media). Less cultivated yew, like the (brevifoliaare T.) Canada yew (T. canadensis), and Pacific yew are indigenous to North America.
English yew are not as hardy as Japanese yew Taxus baccata, but "Repandens" USDA Climate Zone 5 can withstand. Repandens, an English yew species has a spreading habit and reaches heights of 4 meters. Fastigiata is a narrow upright growing variety. Some low-lying German yew as Watnong gold differ not only in stature, but foliage color as well. This ground cover produces yellow foliage.
Japanese yew are to withstand colder temperatures than English yew varieties. The T. cuspidata 'Emerald Spreader' variety is a thick, dark green ground cover withstand temperatures 40 degrees below zero. Green Wave, another variety is known for its dark green color and named across industries. With a mounding growth habit Green Wave reaches heights of 4 meters and a width of 8 feet. Tall, upright Japanese yew varieties are the cone-shaped 50-meter high capitata.
Japanese and English yew hybrids show the best qualities of both types – hardness with ornamental qualities. T. v. xmedia Tauntonii holds zone 4 climates and beautiful scenery with wide, spreading dark green bushes. Brownii is a ball shaped variety and is suitable Hatfieldii a dense, conical socket for privacy.
Pacific yew along the length of the North American west coast grow – from the southern coast of California to northern Alaska. Their evergreen habit and narrow leaves make them adapted to cold and warm climates. They are a slow-growing upright tree usually not in residential landscapes.
Canadian yew is an eastern North American yew species found growing from northern Canada in Tennessee and Virginia and as far west as Illinois. Canadian yew is suitable is a multi-stemmed shrub growing slowly for residential landscapes.
Yew shrubs are located in areas noted for their shadows. Do yew plants in full sun.
Yew need partial shade and well-draining soil. Do yew plants in heavy, clay-based soils.
Yew bark is sensitive. Minor nicks and girdling harmful effect the entire shrub. Avoid dead and damaged branches by removing wire tags immediately after purchase.