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Taxus x media has some other problems:
Potato Late Blight

Taxus x media

Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Taxus media
Phonetic Spelling
TAKS-us BY MEED-ee-uh
This plant has high severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

This species is an artificial hybrid between English and Japanese yews.

Grows in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade, but prefers sandy soils.  It does not tolerate wet conditions.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Densiformis'
  • 'Flushing'
  • 'Hicksii'
  • 'Lutea'
'Densiformis', 'Flushing', 'Hicksii', 'Lutea'
Tags:
#evergreen#poisonous#drought tolerant#winter interest#cpp#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Densiformis'
  • 'Flushing'
  • 'Hicksii'
  • 'Lutea'
'Densiformis', 'Flushing', 'Hicksii', 'Lutea'
Tags:
#evergreen#poisonous#drought tolerant#winter interest#cpp#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Taxus
    Family:
    Taxaceae
    Edibility:
    Bark, leaves, seed pit (red, fleshy surrounding part, called the aril, is OK to eat)
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 20 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 20 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Poisonous
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Pyramidal
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12-24 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4b, 4a, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Needles
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Design Feature:
    Barrier
    Border
    Hedge
    Screen/Privacy
    Attracts:
    Songbirds
    Problems:
    Poisonous to Humans
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    High
    Poison Symptoms:
    Nervousness, trembling, slow pulse, pupil dilation, difficult breathing, seizures (dogs), abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, convulsions; may be fatal. Early signs: muscular tremors, dyspnea, seizures in dogs.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Alkaloid taxine
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Bark
    Leaves
    Seeds