Taxus × media Taxaceae
Hybrid Yew, Anglojapanese Yew TAKS-us MEE-di-a
- Conifer, evergreen shrub, variable in height, 3-20 ft (0.9-6 m), (depending upon cultivar), spreading, shoots olive green, often reddish on the sunny side. Needles similar to those of T. cuspidata. Seeds about 1 cm, fruit (aril) scarlet.
- Sun or shade, moist, well-drained soil.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 4 A hybrid of T. baccata × T. cuspidata, developed in Wellesley, Massachusetts, by T. D. Hatfield around 1900.
- A number of cultivars, including:
- 'Bean Pole' - very columnar, female
- 'Brownii' - dense, globose or broader habit
- 'Dark Green Spreader' - dark green foliage, compact, 4 ft tall, greater width, resistant to "winter burn"
- 'Densiformis' - female, dense, rounded, greenish-brown in winter
- 'Hicksii' - probably the most common, it is narrowly columnar, branches ascending, often narrower at the base than the peak. A female clone, but male clones also sold under this name.
- 'Tauntonii' ('Taunton') - spreading, resistant to "winter burn" and summer heat
- 'Wardii' - wide-spreading, dense, flat-topped, dark green, female
- Oregon State Univ. campus: north side of Burt Hall (computer building), next to parking lot ('Hicksii').