Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Upright Japanese Yew

{Picture of Upright Japanese Yew}

Plant Information

  • Plant Type: Large Evergreen
  • Scientific Name: Taxus cuspidata 'Capitata' Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Yew
  • Parent: Taxus cuspidata
  • Related Cultivars:

    Taxus cuspidata var. nana

  • Zone: 4
  • Plant Size: 8-10'+
  • Habit: Pyramidal
  • Culture:

    Adaptable, but very intolerant of poor drainage. Full sun to shade, however the foliage may be damaged if exposed to excessive winter sun and wind

  • Notes:

    A slow-growing selection with a central leader which creates a pyramidal form. Will require trimming to maintain a desired size, otherwise left alone will eventually grow to 30'+.

  • Taxus usage:

    All Taxus should be used with prudence near populations of white-tailed deer and farm livestock, as they are relished by the former and fatal to the later.

  • Pruning:Pruning animation

    Yews (Taxus) may be sheared to give a formal look when used as a hedge, or may be trimmed for a more natural appearance as shown here. Cut back the most vigorous shoots inside the body of the plant where they meet another branch. This type of pruning may be done lightly at anytime of the year, but heavy pruning is best done between early spring and Mid-July.

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Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Bill Hoch, Associate Professor
Montana State University

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