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Yew

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Taxus cuspidata

There is a yew for you--no matter what size or shape you need, sun or shade--when you want a low maintenance hardy evergreen shrub.  Yew species and varieties have vastly different growth characteristics, so be sure to check a yew’s tag carefully. They vary from 50’ tall to dwarf, narrow to wide, upright to weeping. Yews tolerate rabbits, drought, and urban environments but won’t tolerate ‘wet feet’, i.e. sitting in sodden soil often or for long periods. Protect from severe winter wind exposure.  Yews generally have no serious insect or disease problems.  Deer, however, do relish it.  

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