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Prostrate Japanese Yew

Taxus cuspidata 'Prostrata'

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Prostrate Japanese Yew

Taxus cuspidata 'Prostrata'

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Botanical Name

Taxus cuspidata 'Prostrata'

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Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade



The Prostrate Japanese Yew is the most reliable evergreen available for those difficult shady spots found in every garden, and it is hardy all through zone 4. It grows in full or partial shade, and in full sun too in cooler zones, but its great value is for those problem areas beneath trees, or on the north side of buildings. It grows at least one foot a year, and it matures into a plant that is only 3 or 4 feet tall, but 10 to 15 feet across. Just a few plants will fill big spaces, with reliable all-year green, making a great backdrop for shade-loving flowers, or filling the areas between other shrubs. It can be easily trimmed, even when mature, and it grows back rapidly even from hard pruning.

  • Best choice evergreen for shady parts of your garden
  • Fast-growing to 10 feet wide, but just 3 or 4 feet tall
  • Rich, deep-green evergreen foliage
  • Completely hardy in zone 4
  • Grows well in most gardens

The Prostrate Japanese Yew is much more reliable in zone 4 and 5 than the English Yew, so choose it if you live in cold areas. Even in warmer places it is the best fast-growing low yew, ideal as a ground cover, or as a hedge. It grows well in almost all soils, except for areas that are always wet. It can also be grown in planters and containers. It has no serious pests or diseases, and it is reliable, easy to grow, and hardy. The top choice bush for shady places.