Description & Overview

Everlow Yew is a hybrid of T. baccata and T. cuspidata which makes it sufficiently winter hardy for the upper Midwest. Its claim to fame is short stature and a slow growth rate. Yews are much sought after as they are so versatile in the landscape since they will grow in full sun to full shade and being evergreen, they provide year-round interest. Most Yew selections grow too big for foundation plantings so must be trimmed for height control. The Everlow cultivar eliminates any need for shearing with its low-growing habit.

Core Characteristics

Category: Conifer

Wisconsin Native: No

USDA Hardiness Zone: to zone 4

Mature Height: 2 feet

Mature Spread: 5 feet

Growth Rate: Very Slow

Growth Form: Low spreader

Light Requirements: Full Sun to Full Shade

Site Requirements: Well-drained

Flower: Non-showy

Bloom Period: N/A

Foliage: Dark green needles (evergreen)

Fall Color: N/A

Urban Approved: Yes

Fruit Notes: Red fleshy aril containing one seed

Suggested Uses

Useful just about anywhere in the landscape due to its dark green foliage and extreme shade tolerance. The low form and little need for shearing make this Yew the homeowner’s dream plant. Beautiful year round with little/no maintenance required.

Everlow Yew is a hybrid of T. baccata and T. cuspidata which makes it sufficiently winter hardy for the upper Midwest. Its claim to fame is short stat…

Wildlife Value

N/A

Maintenance Tips

Little to none needed. Like all Yews, Everlow Yew shears well if desired. The low stature of this selection mitigates any need to shear for height control. Read more about Hedging & Shearing.

Pests/Problems

Deer browsing seems to be the only major pest issue and are pest resistant otherwise. You may want to avoid planting if the deer population is heavy in your area as deer love to feed on Yews. Some have resorted to pinning up burlap around Yews to offer some winter protection from hungry deer.

Leaf Lore

N/A

Companion Plants

This plant is best used where it can be contrasted with other colors/textures to make the dark green needles stand out in the landscape. Having a snowy background or planted against a light-colored brick façade/siding really makes one appreciate the intensity of the deep green foliage.

Everlow Yew is a hybrid of T. baccata and T. cuspidata which makes it sufficiently winter hardy for the upper Midwest. Its claim to fame is short stat…
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Written by Paul Schwabe