Taxus x media 'Dark Green Spreader'
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Height: 4 feet
Spread: 6 feet
Hardiness Zone: 4
A popular evergreen shrub for the garden with rich dark green needles, new growth is a contrasting bright green in spring and early summer; wide spreading and slow growing, takes pruning very well, performs well in shade, resistant to winter burn
Dark Green Spreader Yew has dark green foliage which emerges light green in spring. The ferny leaves remain dark green through the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The smooth brown bark is not particularly outstanding.
Dark Green Spreader Yew is a dense 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 relatively low maintenance shrub, and can be pruned at anytime. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Dark Green Spreader Yew is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- General Garden Use
- Mass Planting
Dark Green Spreader Yew will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 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 50 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 type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, 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 zones.
This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid, 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.