Taxus × media 'Nigra'

Tried and Trouble-free Recommended by 2 Professionals
Common Name: yew
Type: Needled evergreen
Family: Taxaceae
Zone: 4 to 7
Height: 6.00 to 8.00 feet
Spread: 6.00 to 8.00 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


Best grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerates a wide range of soils as long as drainage is good. Also tolerant of full shade and considerable pruning. Intolerant of temperature extremes. Prune or shear as desired in early spring before new growth appears.

Noteworthy Characteristics

This hybrid yew cultivar is a slow-growing, compact evergreen shrub which typically matures to 4-8' tall but spreads somewhat wider. Yews are classified as conifers, but female plants (yews are dioecious) produce red, fleshy, single-seeded fruit instead of cones. Lustrous, dark blackish-green, flat-needled foliage. The popular Taxus x media hybrid cultivars are crosses between Japanese yews (T. cuspidata) and English yews (T. baccata). All parts of this plant are poisonous if ingested.


Long-lived and generally considered a low-maintenance shrub with no serious insect or disease problems. Plants may wilt and die if grown in heavy, poorly drained soils. Foliage may brown in winter (winter burn) from exposure to dry winter winds. Twig dieback may occur in winter or at other times in the year as a result of damage caused by sudden and extreme winter temperature changes. This cultivar is noted for having better resistance to heat stress and to winter burn than most other yews.

Garden Uses

Frequently used as a specimen, small hedge or foundation plant. Shrub borders or perennial borders.