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: For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.