Taxus cuspidata Taxaceae
Japanese Yew TAKS-us cu-pi-DA-ta
- Evergreen conifer, tree/srub, to 65 ft (20 m) in its habitat, but more shurby in cultivation, branches ascending or horizontal. Bark reddish-brown. New growth reddish. Leaves more or less 2-ranked, linear, abruptly pointed with a small sharp tip (mucronulate), 15-25 mm long, 3 mm wide, deep green above, 2 yellowish stomatal bands below, yellowish petiole. Fruit (aril) red.
- Sun or part shade. Does well in cold winter areas, such as the upper Midwest. A number of cultivars.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 4 Native to Japan, Korea, Manchuria.
- A bonsai subject.
- Portland, Oregon: Hoyt Arboretum