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Dense Yew

Taxus x media 'Densiformis'
Dense Yew
Dense Yew
Dense Yew
Dense Yew
Dense Yew
Dense Yew
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Dense Yew

Taxus x media 'Densiformis'

Beautiful Semi-Dwarf Spreading Yew

  • Evergreen shrub
  • Extremely cold hardy
  • Grows in sun or shade
  • Perfect for foundation plantings
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If you are looking for a lush, spreading evergreen that is cold hardy, the Dense Yew is an excellent choice. The dark green foliage is soft to the touch and attractive. The pretty red berries attract songbirds. This shrub adds year-round interest to your landscape.

This bush is slow-growing, but can reach 3 to 4 feet tall and 4 to 6 feet wide at maturity. It is superb for foundation plantings and does well with shearing so you can keep it neat and tidy if that is your style. Once established the Dense Yew is drought tolerant. It also tolerates pollution, salt, and rabbit damage.

Caring for Dense Yew

The Dense Yew only requires minimal care once it is established. This plant is hardy, tolerant, and versatile. It rarely has issues with insects, disease, or rabbits. 


This yew can grow in full sun to part shade and any well-draining soil. While this plant is drought tolerant once it is established, watering deeply during periods of drought are very beneficial for the health and growth of the Dense Yew.

Water deeply when planting and at least every other day for the first week or two. Water thoroughly about twice weekly for the next two months while your shrub is establishing. 

Apply a 1 to 2 inch layer of mulch around your Dense Yew. This will help the soil retain moisture better and protect the roots. Eliminating weeds is an added bonus that only helps your evergreen grow even better. 


Water the Dense Yew during periods of drought to keep it at its best. 

Fertilize yews in early spring with a slow release fertilizer.

Prune back new growth in late spring or early summer yearly if you want a formal look. If any other heavy pruning needs to be done, do this in late winter or early spring.

Landscape ideas

The Dense Yew is versatile in the home landscape. It can be used in foundation plantings, mixed beds, borders, low hedges, and group plantings.

Shear this plant yearly for a formal appearance or let it grow naturally for a more rugged look. 

Browse our entire Yew collection here.

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Growing Zones 4-7
Shipping Restriction AZ
Soil Type Adaptable
Sunlight Full, Partial
Drought Tolerance Good
Mature Height 3-4 Feet
Mature Width 4-5 Feet
Growth Rate Moderate

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