Taxus × media 'Wardii'
Common Name: yew
Type: Needled evergreen
Family: Taxaceae
Zone: 4 to 7
Height: 3.00 to 6.00 feet
Spread: 8.00 to 20.00 feet
Bloom Time: Non-flowering
Bloom Description: Non-Flowering
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Hedge
Leaf: Evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Other: Winter Interest
Tolerate: Rabbit, Drought, Heavy Shade


Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Tolerates shade and is considered to be an excellent evergreen for shady conditions. Prefers moist, sandy loams, but plants have no tolerance for wet conditions which must be avoided. Good soil drainage is essential. Tolerates urban conditions. Best sited in locations protected from cold winter winds. Accepts pruning and shearing well. Pruning is best done in early spring before new growth appears.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Taxus x media designates a series of shrubby, often wide-spreading hybrids of English yew (Taxus baccata) and Japanese yew (Taxus cuspitata). Plants generally most resemble T. cuspitata, one notable exception being the olive branches of T. x media. ‘Wardii’ is a low-growing, wide-spreading cultivar with a flattened top that features pointed, linear, dark green needle-like leaves that are attractive year round. It typically grows slowly to 4’ tall and spreads to 8’ wide over the first 10 years, but may over time eventually reach 6’ tall by 20’ wide. Plants are dioecious (separate male and female plants). Non-ornamental flowers (male are yellowish and female are greenish) form in leaf axils in early spring. Female plants produce red, ornamentally-attractive, berry-like fruits, each having a single seed almost completely surrounded by a fleshy red aril.


No serious insect or disease problems. Susceptible to winter burn, particularly in exposed sites. Twig blight and needle blight are occasional problems. Root rot may occur in poorly-drained soils. Weevils, mealybugs and scale are problems in some areas.

Garden Uses

Group or mass. Foundations, hedges or embankments.