The very upright, columnar tree known as the Yew Pine has lustrous green foliage, reminiscent of pine or true yew trees. It tends to be slow growing, which makes it a great choice for easy hedging or pruning into round and square shapes. Feeding young trees with a balanced fertilizer can help to encourage faster growth, if desired.
Part to full shade is ideal for this Japan-native and it does beautifully in dark, narrow spaces. Yew Pine’s dense foliage makes the perfect privacy screen in a well-shaded area. The flowers are inconspicuous in the spring; in fall on male trees, you’ll find small, edible purple cones, and on female trees, you’ll find small, attractive and dark, but inedible fruit.
Height: 20 – 30 feet
Width: 12 – 15 feet
Bloom color: Inconspicuous; White to Yellow
Flowering season: Spring
USDA minimum zone: 8
Cold hardiness: 15° F


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