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    Canadian Yew

    Taxus canadensis

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    Canadian Yew (Taxus canadensis) at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Canadian Yew

    Canadian Yew

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Canadian Yew (Taxus canadensis) at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Canadian Yew fruit

    Canadian Yew fruit

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Height:  4 feet

    Spread:  7 feet

    Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

    Hardiness Zone:  2b

    Other Names:  American Yew


    An uncommon native evergreen shrub with a bushy and sprawling habit of growth, dark green foliage tends to turn reddish-brown in winter; very hardy but requires winter shade and reliable snow cover, makes a good large groundcover for shady parts

    Ornamental Features

    Canadian Yew has dark green foliage which emerges light green in spring. The ferny leaves turn brown in fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.

    Landscape Attributes

    Canadian Yew is an open multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a ground-hugging habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

    This is a high maintenance shrub that will require regular care and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

    • Suckering

    Canadian Yew is recommended for the following landscape applications;

    • Mass Planting
    • General Garden Use
    • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

    Planting & Growing

    Canadian Yew will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 7 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

    This shrub performs well in both full sun and full shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This species is native to parts of North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets.

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    Massing  Garden  Naturalizing 
    Plant Form  Winter Value 
    Ornamental Features

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