Taxus baccata 'Repandens'
Common name: 
Spreading English Yew
TAKS-us ba-KA-ta
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Conifer, evergreen shrub, dwarf, wide spreading form, 2-4 ft high by 12-15 ft (4-4.5 m) wide (0.6-1.2 m x 3.7-4.6 m), major branches horizontal, tips of branches pendulous.  Needles sickle-shaped, directed forward, shining dark green above.  Female plant.
  • Sun or shade.  Will arch over a wall
  • Hardy to USDA Zone (5)6     Known before 1887.  Commonly grown today.
  • There is likely more than one form of 'Repandens' in the nursery trade, for some plants do not maintain a low, horizontal habit.  When older, these plants have major branches that are not horizontal, some are at a 45° angle.
  • There are also low growing forms with variegated foliage.  One of these is available as 'Repandens Aurea', which may be misnamed since it is apparently propagated from cuttings of the recognized cultivar 'Dovastonii Aurea' [van Gelderen and van Hoey Smith (1996)].
  • Oregon State Univ. campus: Ag. and Life Sciences fountain area (southwest Cordley Hall).
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    plant habit

  • plant habit, older plant

    plant habit, older plant

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    plant habit, with observer

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    branch, needles

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    fruit and needles