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Taxus cuspidata


Clipped Cone Japanese Yew

Origin:  Introduced into cultivation in 1853.
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A very popular evergreen often used in formal situations because of its dense pyramidal habit and its ability to respond well to clipping. I have seen it used as a hedge, a single accent plant or in more formal style gardens in quantity. In all situations if performs well with my personal preference using it as a formal element in an informal planting. Mature Taxus species have the ability to re-grow from old wood hence old specimens can be rejuvenated in the garden.

Michael Pascoe, NDP., ODH., CLT., MSc. (Plant Conservation)


Shrub (evergreen)
USDA Hardiness Zone
5 - 8
Canadian Hardiness Zone
4a - 8a
RHS Hardiness Zone
H7 - H4
Temperature (°C)
(-26) - (-7)
Temperature (°F)
(-15) - 20
Description and Growing Information
Flowering Period
General Description
Can be grow into many different shapes and forms. Usually grown as a shrub. Can be rejuvinated if cut back to the crown. Older shrubs often grow out of proportion with their surroundings.
Pyramid-shaped member of the yew family. Adapts to any well drained soil. Maintains colour better with some shade. Ideal for north and east sides of houses. Makes a good specimen or corner plant.
Usually done from cuttings, transplants well as a balled-and-burlaped or field dug plant. Prefers moist soils, usually sand, but can adapt. The soil must be well drained to keep the roots from drowning as it is intolerant of wet soils.
This is the most common form of the species in commerce. It forms a broad, pyramidal form.
ID Characteristic
Stunning, vibrant red bark, easily shaped, popular and usually grown as a pyramid, that eventually resembles a small tree in size.
Taxus root weevil may become a problem on some plants.
Horticultural origin.
Bark/Stem Description
Beautiful reddish, brown bark that exfoliates in scales. Smooth scales almost resembling a neck of giraffe. Bark on the inner crown is more brown than red like the stems.
Flower/Leaf Bud Description
Buds are brown and imbricate and are ovoid-oblong in shape.
Leaf Description
Flat needle-like leaves with an abrupt/short point. Dull green colour with a tint of red on upper side and paler on the underside of the needles. Straight or curved, non-distinct two-ranked needles.1-2.5 cm long and only 2 mm wide.
Flower Description
Dioecious, forms on previous years wood; ornamentally unimportant.
Fruit Description
A semi- attractive red arial covering a hard olive coloured poisonous seed.
Colour Description
Dark-green, turning to a reddish-green tint in winter.
Texture Description
Medium texture, sharply pointed waxy feeling needles.
Notable Specimens
The A.M. (Mac) Cuddy Gardens, Strathroy, Ontario, Canada has a 60 year old plant in the border (2014).
Grow also from cuttings taken early in new year, or late in summer and rooted with #3 rooting hormone. Air layering may be done in summer.