Landscape Plants of the Upper Midwest

Richard Horsey Hunnewell Yew

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Plant Information

  • Plant Type: Medium Evergreen
  • Scientific Name: Taxus x hunnewelliana 'Richard Horsey' Play audio of plant name
  • Family: Yew
  • Zone: 4
  • Plant Size: 3'
  • Habit: Spreading
  • Culture:

    Adaptable, but very intolerant of poor drainage. Full sun to shade.

  • Notes:

    The best yew for the upper Midwest. The glossy foliage holds its dark green color year-round and is very resistant to damage from winter sun and wind. Grows uniformly to a height of 3' and several times this in spread. Like other yews will require annual trimming to control its spread in most landscape situations. A hybrid of the Canadian yew (T. canadensis) and the Japanese yew.

  • 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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