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Morden Japanese Yew

Taxus cuspidata 'Morden'

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Morden Japanese Yew (Taxus cuspidata 'Morden') at Cashman Nursery

Morden Japanese Yew foliage

Morden Japanese Yew foliage

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Morden Japanese Yew (Taxus cuspidata 'Morden') at Cashman Nursery

Morden Japanese Yew

Morden Japanese Yew

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  4 feet

Spread:  7 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3b


A dense wide-growing evergreen shrub with mounded branches and beautiful deep green needles which emerge bright green; spectacular in groupings, a great groundcover for large spaces, takes pruning extremely well, loves shade

Ornamental Features

Morden Japanese Yew has dark green foliage which emerges chartreuse in spring. The ferny leaves remain dark green throughout the winter. The flowers are not ornamentally significant. The fruits are showy red drupes displayed from early to late fall.

Landscape Attributes

Morden Japanese Yew is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and can be pruned at anytime. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Morden Japanese Yew is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Topiary

Planting & Growing

Morden Japanese Yew will grow to be about 4 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 7 feet. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This shrub performs well in both full sun and full shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Screening  Garden  Topiary 
Fruit  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features