Spreading English Yew

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The wavy, flowing, shiny deep-green foliage of Spreading English Yew (Taxus baccata 'Repandens') adds distinction and curiosity to the landscape! You'll appreciate the soft, forest-green needles, hardiness, and useful, compact shape!

This evergreen shrub features soft, sickle-shaped needles and an undulating and rippling form. The new growth lifts upwards and the old growth nods down. The double rank and file needles and dense growth make this a fantastic low hedge or border plant.

Coral-red seed-bearing cones accentuate this shrub if a male is nearby to pollinate it. Birds love snapping up these seeds and also take shelter and nest in the dense branching all year round!

Rarely requiring pruning, these easy-care, spreading shrubs form low mounds 2-4' tall, but will eventually cover an impressive 12-15' spread! These shrubs thrive throughout USDA growing zones 5 to 7 and handle a wide range of sun-to-shade conditions.

Planting and Application:

The shaggy appearance of Spreading English Yew is perfect for informal backdrops to Perennial and Cottage garden beds, along Foundations, or facer plantings for immense curb appeal! In fact, some gardeners never prune them at all to enjoy the fluffy, organic shape "au natural".

Great atop retaining walls and Rock Gardens where these wide-spreading branches can tumble and spill over the rocks. Yew are verdant border and perimeter plants, defining and accenting garden beds.

The unique branching takes the spotlight as a specimen or focal point, especially when highlighted on a berm or raised bed. Plus Yew are inspiring among Asian-inspired and Zen gardens. Even containers and planters in the sun or shade can handle about anything your landscape

Use atop that difficult-to-mow slope for erosion control, while lending a steady evergreen presence. Tolerant of urban conditions and pollution, Spreading English Yew works along the road or driveway, even atop Rooftop gardens and Balconies!

  • Double Row of Soft Needles & Unique Growth Pattern
  • Dark-Green Evergreen
  • Wide-Spreading Form
  • Coral-Red Seed Bearing Cones Birds Love
  • Groundcover & Rock Gardens, Erosion Control, & En Masse
  • Award-Winning - Garden of Merit

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Hardy, low-maintenance and long-lived, the Spreading English Yew adapts to a wide range of sun. Tolerant of full sun, especially in cooler growing zones, and full shade in the warmest zones, and everything in between! Any moist, well-drained soil is fine, but they can't tolerate soggy soil. However, a thick layer of mulch over the root system insulates and holds more moisture throughout the year. Evergreens appreciate a good drink before the winter to help avoid windburn. Add Nature Hills Root Booster in the planting hole for life-long, symbiotic support of the tiny feeder roots.

You can prune or shear it to control the height, but that's just a quick job once it reaches the height that you would like it to be. Some like to prune the tops into a point for a narrow formal pointed evergreen. Or, let it grow naturally into tall hedges. Older plants can be rejuvenated by trimming out longer portions of the plant back to a part of the stem that still has needles on it.

Please note the red berries of Taxus can be toxic, so be careful not to ingest them. Your birds, however, will snap them up greedily!

  • Grows Well in Sun or Shade
  • Wide Range of Well-Drained Soils
  • Moderate Moisture & Appreciates Mulched Beds
  • Prune or Shear After Flowering
  • Low-Maintenance & Easy to Grow!

Wide-reaching unique growth, year-round curiosity, and evergreen presence on a fantastic, Garden of Merit Award-winning shrub! You won't go wrong with a few Spreading English Yew in the landscape! 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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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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Spreading English Yew Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-7
Growing Zones 5-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Taxus baccata 'Repandens'
Type Evergreen
Mature Height 2 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 6 - 12 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Full Shade, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Slow
Flower Color Insignificant
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time After Flowering