Botanical Name: Taxus x media 'Densiformis'
Common Name: Dense Spreading Yew  
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Water Saving Tip:

Apply a layer of mulch around plants to reduce moisture loss.

Choose organic mulches, such as shredded bark, compost or aged sawdust.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Conifer, Shrub


Height Range



Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Dark Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season

Summer, Fall


Half, Shade





Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Poor, Well-drained, Moist, Dry


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal, Japanese, Ranch, Woodland


Accenting Features



Seasonal Interest

Winter, Spring


Location Uses

Entry, Shrub Border, Foundation, Patio, Walls / Fences


Special Uses

Hedge, Screen, Mass Planting, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
  • Description

  • Notes

'Dense' is a useful evergreen for the average or smallish urban landscapes, as it as a low, spreading habit and grows about 3 to 4 feet tall and 4 to 6 feet wide. Branches are upright and arching, creating nice vertical to horizontal lines. New growth is bright green, maturing to a dark green. Berries are bright red, but are not suitable for human consumption. Use at the foundation or in a shady shrub border or hedge to provide winter interest.
It's a shame, but most folks who plant yews never get to enjoy it's beautiful, soft, bright yellow-green spring foliage because they are forever shearing or hedging the poor things. Select the right yew for the space, and prune it selectively in late winter, and you will find you spend a lot less time pruning. See the how-to's. Yews are not drought tolerant, really, but generally manage quite well on considerably less water than is usually offered. Plant so it receives morning sun or full shade, in good, well draining soil.