Taxus × media
Common name: 
Hybrid Yew
Anglojapanese Yew
TAKS-us MEE-di-a
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Conifer, evergreen shrub, variable in height, 3-20 ft (0.9-6 m), (depending upon cultivar), spreading, shoots olive green, often reddish on the sunny side.   Needles similar to those of T. cuspidata.  Seeds about 1 cm, fruit (aril) scarlet.
  • Sun or shade, moist, well-drained soil.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 4     A hybrid of T. baccata × T. cuspidata, developed in Wellesley, Massachusetts, by T. D. Hatfield around 1900.
  • A number of cultivars, including:
    • 'Bean Pole' - very columnar, female
    • 'Brownii' - dense, globose or broader habit
    • 'Dark Green Spreader' - dark green foliage, compact, 4 ft tall, greater width, resistant to "winter burn"
    • 'Densiformis' - female, dense, rounded, greenish-brown in winter
    • 'Hicksii' - probably the most common, it is narrowly columnar, branches ascending, often narrower at the base than the peak.  A female clone, but male clones also sold under this name.
    • 'Tauntonii' ('Taunton') - spreading, resistant to "winter burn" and summer heat
    • 'Wardii' - wide-spreading, dense, flat-topped, dark green, female
  • Oregon State Univ. campus: north side of Burt Hall (computer building), next to parking lot ('Hicksii').
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  • plant habit ('Hicksii')

    plant habit ('Hicksii')

  • needles, old and new growth

    needles, old and new growth

  • needles and fruit

    needles and fruit