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.