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Scientific Name: Taxus x media
Pronunciation: TACKS-us ex MEE-dee-uh
Common Name: yew, dense yew
Family Name: Taxaceae
Plant Type: Conifer
Key ID Features: Evergreen shrub; mature branches olive-green; leaves pointy, flat, linear to 3 cm long, 2-ranked and spreading; seed protected by an ovoid aril to 1 cm long, bright red, fleshy.
Course(s): AARB 1012, HORT 1155, Level 2 Apprenticeship, CLT Training

Habit: Spreading, Upright
Form: Oval - vertical
Texture: Medium - fine
Mature Size:
Height:5 - 7m
Spread:2 - 3m
Origin: Garden origin (Taxus baccata x T. cuspidata)
Hardiness Rating: Zone 5: (-29 to -23 C)
Exposure: Deep shade, Filtered shade, Full sun, Part sun/part shade
Soil/ Growing Medium: Humus rich, Well-drained
Landscape Uses: Screening, Sheared hedge (Caution: poisonous parts)
Additional Info: Google. Cultivars shown or on campus may include T. 'Dark Green Spreader', T. 'Hicksii', and T. 'Hillii'. A common cultivar that may be tested is T. 'Densiformis' (dense yew).
yew, dense yew
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Needle-like, Simple
Arrangement: Spiraled
Texture/ Venation: Leathery
Surfaces: Glabrous, Lustrous
Colour in Fall: Dark-green
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Linear
Apices: Acute
Bases: Attenuate
Margins: Entire
Additional Info: Cv. T. 'Hicksii' most common and has leaves to 3 cm (longer than with T. baccata 'Fastigiata' - otherwise the two plants are very similar looking).

Inflorescence Type: n/a (male cone)
Flower Morphology:
Colour (petals): No flowers
Flower Time at Peak:
Fruit Type: Drupe
Fruit Colour: Red, (scarlet)
Fruiting Time:
Additional Info: Showy, Accessory tissue, Single ovoid-oblong seed (poisonous) about 8 mm long, partially enveloped by a fleshy cup-shaped disk called an aril.

Bark or Stem Colour:

Pest Susceptibility: Dieback, Mites, Root rot,
Specific Pests: Eriophyid mites in buds can cause deformed new growth
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