This particular yew is treasured for it's foliage which is perfect in flower arrangements. It is a slow-growing, compact evergreen shrub.
Here are some of Yew's key attributes:
The leaves of the Densiformis Yew are dark green, glossy, and needle-like, arranged spirally around the stem. They are more pliable than prickly.
It has a dense, spreading growth habit, forming a low, mounding shape. It grows slowly, adding about 6 inches per year. You can prune it into any shape you wish, or leave it alone for a more freeform look.
It prefers partial to full sun exposure, although it can also tolerate some shade. Morning sun is ideal in our high altitude location.
This yew grows best in well-drained, moist soil. Densiformis Yew is often used as a low hedge, border plant, or foundation planting. It also works well in rock gardens or as a specimen plant.
IMPORTANT TO NOTE: All parts of the yew plant are toxic if ingested, so it should be planted in areas where children and pets cannot access it. Interestingly, it is not toxic to deer.