Hicks Yew

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When a plant is this classic and well-behaved, it winds up being grown in almost every community across USDA Growing Zones 4 - 8! The Hicks Yew (Taxus x media 'Hicksii') is a popular shrub that forms a thick, bushy barrier that won't lose its color or foliage in winter!

A real favorite with professional landscapers, the Hicks Yew may not turn heads as a specimen plant, rather, with its dense, dark and shiny green needles, these plants make a fantastic vertical screen or background. It's a perfect "supporting actor" for showier plants.

Often called the "backbone" of landscape design, evergreens such as Hicks Yews work hard to provide year-round structure, privacy, and property definition. They are easy-care plants that work in sun, shade and everything in between!

The outstanding upright form of this evergreen shrub has a loose, columnar shape that is wider than it is tall. This improved variety grows faster than English Yew as a young plant. Yews are generally very long-lived plants. A beloved specimen in Scotland is 5,000 years old!

We bet you have dozens all around your neighborhood! Keep your eyes out for these attractive, easy-care workhorses!

Planting and Application:

There's a reason that landscape artists use the Hicks Yew for so many purposes. This lovely evergreen looks great planted along your property boundary or in a line beside your pool for a bit more privacy. Plant them 18 inches apart (measured from trunk to trunk), so they'll grow together as a single screen.

Hicks Yews make handsome partners flanking opposing sides of your entryway, outdoor room, or garden entrance. Plant them to shield your patio from prying eyes, and to provide shade from late afternoon sun in the Zones 3 - 5.

It can also be used as a foundation plant at the corner of your house. There, its narrow growth habit and uniformly dense foliage will ground the home with the surrounding landscape beautifully and very effectively!

They make incredible backdrops for your perennial border, wildlife, or woodland garden. Try them in large containers, for portable screening. If you buy larger plants, you won't have as long to wait for your new privacy screen!

Give them enough room to grow into their full mature size. Yes, you can prune them - but if you plan for their full size, you'll be happy in the long run! You can let these shrubs grow naturally without being sheared and therefore allowing the berries that birds go crazy for to form among the branching!

  • Dark Green Thick Evergreen Shrubs
  • Birds Love The Shelter & Food
  • Takes Hard Shearing Or Can Be Grown Naturally
  • Tall Columnar & Narrow Form
  • Long-Lived, & Resilient & Hardy!
  • Great Topiary Specimens, Privacy Screen, Outdoor Garden Rooms & Backdrops

#ProPlantTips for Care:

The English Yew can take just about anything you throw at it, from artistic topiary pruning to poor city environments. These dark green plants grow well in any drained soil. Full sun or shade makes no difference, they'll do just fine in any sun exposure! All evergreens appreciate mulched beds 3-4 inches deep and a good drink before the winter months.

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.

  • 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!

This plant is a great example of the head start you'll get when you buy larger plants. For the Hicks Yew, buy as large a container size as you possibly can. You'll definitely appreciate the larger impact it will have in your yard.

Lushly thick, the columnar Hicks Yew is an impressive evergreen! Order enough to complete your project today from Nature Hills. Like so many others, we know you'll love this classic choice!

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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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.

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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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Hicks Yew Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-8
Growing Zones 4-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Taxus x media 'Hicksii'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 8 - 12 feet
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Full Shade, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Insignificant
Foliage Green
Fall Color Evergreen
Pollinator Friendly No
Pruning Time After Flowering