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Cross Spreader Yew

Taxus cuspidata 'Cross Spreader'

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Cross Spreader Yew (Taxus cuspidata 'Cross Spreader') at Millcreek Gardens

Cross Spreader Yew

Cross Spreader Yew

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Height:  3 feet

Spread:  9 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Japanese Yew

Description:

A dense evergreen shrub, very wide spreading with splaying branches and beautiful deep green needles which emerge bright green; excellent in groupings or in foundation plantings, takes pruning extremely well; one of the few evergreens that loves shade

Ornamental Features

Cross Spreader Yew has dark green foliage which emerges light green in spring. The ferny leaves remain dark green throughout the winter. The flowers are not ornamentally significant. The fruits are showy red drupes displayed from early to late fall.

Landscape Attributes

Cross 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.

Cross Spreader Yew is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Cross Spreader Yew will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 9 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 microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from 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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Characteristics
Massing  Screening  Garden 
Applications
Fruit  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features