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Rich, soft-textured evergreen works well as a foundation plant or as background. Produces inedible red berries in fall. Lovely with rhododendron, barberry, heather, hosta, and variegated euonymus. Grows slowly. Tolerates hard pruning. Prefers well-drained soil; will tolerate alkaline (sweet) or acid (sour).

Companion Plants

Eastern Redbud

Norway Spruce

Spreading Juniper

Plant Details

  • Common name


  • Botanical name

    Taxus cuspidata

  • Variety


  • Zone

    USDA Zone 4 (-30°F) to USDA Zone 7 (0°F).

  • Light

    Part sun

  • Height

    6-8' (2-2.5 m)

  • Habit


  • Feed

    In spring

  • Water

    2-3 times per week

  • Bloom Time

    No Bloom

  • Maintenance

    Provide enough water in fall, before freeze

This plant also belongs to the following collections:

  • Gayle S.'s collection