Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
Gerald L. Klingaman
TAXUS baccata 'Repandens'
English Yew, Spreading English Yew
Cultivated in gardens for hundreds of years, English yew is a variable evergreen tree or large shrub with flat, supple, black-green needles. Its cultivar 'Repandens' has long been one of the evergreens most often used for covering ground in partial to heavy shade. The low spreading branches of this female selection eventually form a knee-high shrub several times broader than tall. Its toughness, adaptability, tolerance of shearing, and red fleshy fruits make it a popular choice as a ground cover or foundation plant. It is also somewhat more hardy than most other forms of English yew.
This shrub does best in moist, well-drained, acid to slightly alkaline soil. It fares poorly in extreme temperatures. Give it shelter from harsh sun and wind. Deer and self-sown seedlings can be a problem.
7 - 1
6 - 7
A3, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Needled or Scaled Evergreen
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade
2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m
8'-12' / 2.4m - 3.7m
Europe, Northern Africa, Western Asia
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Brown, Sandy Brown
Foundation, Groundcover, Mixed Border
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