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Taxus cuspidata

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Photo Locations: Hoyt Arboretum - Portland, OR, Strybing Arboretum - San Francisco, CA, Finch Arboretum - Spokane, WA and The National Arboretum - Washington, DC

General Notes

Utility Friendly Tree Utility friendly tree.

Fairly drought tolerant. Seeds are poisonous. Often seen in shrub form. Underside of leaf is yellow green. Grows to 50 feet in its native environment.

Native to Japan, China, and Korea.

Trees may be referred to as male or female.

Family: Taxaceae

Tree Characteristics

Spreading with a Low Canopy.

Oval, Rounded or Vase Shape.

Has Evergreen foliage.

Height: 10 - 25 feet.

Width: 6 - 12 feet.

Growth Rate: 12 to 24 Inches per Year.

Longevity Greater than 150 years.

Leaves Linear, Dark Green, No Change, Evergreen.

Flowers Inconspicuous. . Has either male or female flowers (dioecious). Trees may be sold as male or female.

Red Aril, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Fall.

Bark Red Brown, Scaly.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderately Dense in Leaf.

Litter Issue is Wet Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 2 - 6 and 14 - 17; A2, A3.

USDA Hardiness Zones 5 - 7.

Exposure Full Sun to Full Shade.

Moist to Dry Soil.

Drought tolerant.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Highly Acidic to Neutral Soil pH.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.

Pests & Disease Information

Susceptible to Mealy Bugs, Scales and Spider Mites, Phytophthora and Root Rot.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Medium.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Moderate.

Allergy and Poisonous Health Hazard.

Fire Resistance is Unfavorable.

Not Deer Palatable.

Special Uses & Values


Hedged or Topiary.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Taxus cuspidata Tree Record." 1995-2018. Apr 23, 2018.
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