Growing Yew Shrubs In Your Garden
Yew shrubs are great shrubs for borders, entranceways, paths, specimen gardening, or mass plantings. All yew shrubs are needle-bearing with striking dense green foliage. Most of these shrubs can also be grown in a number of locations throughout Zones 4-7, and they are generally tolerant of both sun and shade. In fact, the majority of yew shrubs are native to parts of Asia, Europe, and North Africa, making them quite versatile. While there are several kinds of yew shrubs grown, true yew varieties belong to the Taxusgenus. The Japanese yew (T. cuspidata) and English yew (T. baccata) are the most notable species. Japanese yew is more hardy and adaptable than the English variety and can endure colder weather conditions. Due to its versatility, a yew shrub can perform many uses in the landscape setting.
Sizes and shapes between the various species usually determine its purpose and placement in the landscape. There are yew varieties that grow tall and upright, making excellent choices for privacy hedges. There are also yew shrubs that are low-lying with a spreading nature, and those that are short and upright. These are the types that are more suitable near the home, making ideal selections as foundation plants.