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Taxus × media 'Densiformis' (m)

A slow-growing evergreen shrub, with a dense, spreading habit, forming a mound to around 1.2m high and 2m wide, with dark green, glossy needle-like leaves

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Size
Ultimate height
1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Green
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Full shade
Aspect

East–facing or North–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H7
Botanical details
Family
Taxaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Potentially harmful
Toxic if eaten. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
Genus

Taxus are small evergreen trees or large shrubs of rounded habit, with dense, linear leaves, insignificant flowers and, on female plants, conspicuous fleshy red arils surrounding the solitary seeds

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in any well-drained soil in sun or shade. Tolerant of exposure and urban pollution. Suitable for topiary and hedges

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings or grafting

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Architectural
  • Low Maintenance
  • Hedging and screens
Pruning

No regular pruning required, but can be trimmed and shaped when required

Pests

May be susceptible to tortrix moth, vine weevil, gall mites and scale insects

Diseases

May be susceptible to phytophthora root diseases and honey fungus (rarely)

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