Taxus cuspidata 'Capitata'
A wonderful Yew selection with a natural compact, dense, pyramidal growth habit. Will grow quite large if left to grow naturally, but can be kept / maintained at just about any height & width through yearly trimming. Aside from a yearly trimming if desired, this variety is extremely low maintenance. Can be used for in a very wide variety of landscape applications - hedges, screens, group plantings, and even foundation plantings. A favorite of landscape designers. Very tolerant of harsh city conditions such as dust and smoke.
Plant Facts & Specifications
Mature Height: up to 50 ft - but usually maintained at shorter heights through pruning
Mature Width: up to 20-25 ft. - also maintained at a narrower width through pruning
Growth rate: Slow to moderate ( 3"-5" avg per yr )
Hardiness Zones: 4-8 ( if unsure of your zone, please use zone finder below )
Sun Exposure: Full sun to mostly shade - actually superior to most other conifer varieties in shady conditions.
Soil Preference: Moist, sandy loam is preferred - but will adapt to most soil types. Good drainage is a MUST though.
Foliage Color & Texture: Very nice dark green needle-like foliage year round with a fine, delicate texture.
Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts: Will usually develop small red colored "cones" - which are actually not cones at all, but rather more resemble some sort of berry. Seed contained within.
Diseases / Insects: No serious threats to this variety.
Fertilization / Feeding: Either water soluble ( Miracle Gro, or equivalent ), or granular ( Holly Tone is excellent ). Other granular types with 6-12-12, or 10-10-10 ratio is acceptable. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting.