Captain Upright Pyramidal Yew

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Upright and showy, fine-textured deep evergreen of Captain™ Upright Japanese Yew (Taxus cuspidata 'Fastigiata') looks incredible in the landscape! Fluffy-looking shrubs with bolt upright growth, Captain features shiny deep-green foliage with unique emerald-green new growth that contrasts well against the dark green needles.

Showy red berries accent the shrub in fall if a male is nearby to pollinate. Plus exfoliating red-brown bark for added character! Dense and multi-branched shrubs, Yews offers loads of year-round greenery and dependability!

Fast-growing, these can be pruned and sheared. Growing ten feet plus in height and half as wide when left unpruned, It is easily trimmed once a year to keep at most any size you prefer. Japanese Yews appreciate some protection from open windy sites in the colder climates (zones 4-6). Be mindful that the red berry-like seed cones are toxic, so keep pets and small children away from them.

Planting and Application:

Taking pruning like a champ, Captain™ is perfect for screening and privacy! Use as a specimen planting or focal point alone or kick things up a notch and try your hand at shearing and shaping these as a formal Hedge or Topiary evergreen! Fantastic privacy screens around your patio or as a perimeter planting, Captain™ is a great Windbreak and shelterbelt plant!

Use in meditation, Zen and Asian-inspired gardens, Foundation plantings or flank your entry with these formal steady evergreen shrubs! Left unpruned, these fluffy shrubs also serve as impressive backdrop plants to highlight all your beds and borders! Looking lovely along a fence to enhance (or hide) the view!

  • Upright Evergreen With Emerald Green New Growth
  • Deep-Green Soft Needles
  • Red, Showy Berries on Female Plants
  • Windbreak & Shelterbelt Plantings
  • Pyramidal Shape for Hedges & Screening

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Imagine an evergreen that tolerates full sun through full shade! Only requiring a well-drained site throughout USDA hardiness zones 4-9. Yew prefers evenly moist, well-drained soils but is drought tolerant once established. Japanese Yew will not tolerate standing water which leads to root rot. Mulch the roots to insulate and maintain more consistently moistened soil.

  • Sun or Shade, Rare for an Evergreen!
  • All Moist, Well-Drained Soils
  • Easily Maintained With Pruning
  • Very Cold Hardy & Drought Tolerant Once Established
  • Easy Care & Low Maintenance

For easy care and an excellent hedge or topiary shrub, you can't go wrong with the deep evergreen foliage of Captain™ Upright Japanese Yew! Order yours from Nature Hills today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Captain Upright Pyramidal Yew Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-7
Growing Zones 4-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Taxus cuspidata 'Captain'
Type Evergreen
Mature Height 8 - 10 feet
Mature Spread 5 - 6 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Full Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time When Dormant
Fragrant No