Dwarf Bright Gold Yew

Dwarf Bright Gold Yew

Taxus cuspidata.  This plant will turn heads with it’s bright, sunny yellow foliage.  The dwarf bright gold yew grows 4-5 feet tall and wide and will lighten up any spot in the garden, including a container.  It grows well in sun to partial shade in zones 4-8.  Cold winters are okay!  This is a low maintenance shrub and is easily shaped with pruning.  The fine textured foliage is variegated gold and green,  the gold emerging with new spring growth.  It pairs well with other dark green conifers, or by a red leaf Japanese Maple.  Taxus cuspidata is also known as  the Japanese or spreading yew, native to Japan, Korea and Northern China.  This yew is more adapted to colder climates than the English yew, Taxus baccata.  Like all the yews, bright gold is an evergreen shrub with a slow growth rate (less than 12 inches/year).  The fruit matures in late summer and has a red, fleshy covering on the seed, which persists into the fall.  I have not seen this plant used very often in landscaping, so it would be a unique addition to our Pacific Northwest gardens.

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  1. Hi Elaine!

    I’ve just come across your blog by trying to get the information about Taxus cuspidata. I can’t wait to read all you’ve posted! Sound very interesting. For now I have two question about the rose “Jude the Obscure”. I’ve been enjoying this rose for about 5 years. Mine is yellow (changes to apricot in fall). Are there pink ones like this photo? This rose is so robust. It grew up to over 2 meters one year when I neglected to prune. Any pruning suggestion?

    Hiroko (Vancouver, Canada)

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