There is a fair amount of confusion regarding this genus. Depending on the taxonomist consulted, there may be between 1 and 25 species of yews. Some are found in temperate regions while a few may be found in tropical regions too.

This is one of the most common landscape evergreens...and that may be the most negative aspect to the plant. It was used near the foundation of nearly every house built in the 1950's, 60's and 70's. They are generally resistant to diseases and insects and are adaptable to a wide variety of site conditions including the ability to tolerate some shade. One of the things they do not seem to tolerate, however, are sites with poor drainage. Be sure to note the mature height of the plant when deciding which one to place beneath your picture window!



Taxus baccata English Yew
T. brevifolia Pacific Yew
T. canadensis Canada Yew
T. cuspidata Japanese Yew
T. x media Anglojap Yew


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