I. General Information
- Common name: Hicks’s yew, Hicks yew
- Scientific name/Botanical name: Taxus x media “Hicksii
- Family name: Yew plant (Taxaceae)
- Origin: Moderate regions of the northern hemisphere
- Growth Rate: Slow
- Growth habit: Columnar, Narrow
- Growing Zones: 4-7
- Mature Height: 8-12 ft
- Mature Width: 3-4 ft
- Sunlight: Full-Partial
- Bloom: Conifer; prized for foliage and berry-like cones. Flowering time: From March to May
- Color: Green
Hicksii is acommon cultivar of this hybrid, and is the tallest and thinnest variety of T. × media, is a fantastic choice for yards in coastal or urban areas.
IV. Planting & Care
1. Planting: The Hicksii Yew grows best well in a wide range of soil types that have a neutral pH balance. Pick a planting location that is well-draining because the shrub does not tolerate an overly wet root system. And choose a planting site in full sunlight or partial shade (4 to 8 hours of sunlight per day).
Dig a hole that is twice the size of the shrub’s root ball. Place the shrub into the hole and gently spread out its roots. Make sure the root crown is level with the soil surface so the roots can pull oxygen in. Mix ample organic material into the soil and pack it around the roots so no air pockets remain.
Finally, spread a three-inch layer of mulch such as pine needles, bark chips, recycled plastic chunks, or peat moss around the base of the shrub to keep the soil moist and slow weed growth.
2. Watering: Water the Hicksii Yew at least once a week. Keep the soil around the Hicksii yew moist but not overly wet for best growth – generally, you should check the soil about 2 inches down for dryness.
3. Fertilizing: Apply a water-soluble 10-10-10 plant fertilizer formula in the spring, once a month, to feed the Hicksii Yew. Sprinkle it at least four inches from the shrub’s trunk, and follow the instructions on the fertilizer’s label for application ratios. Water the shrub thoroughly after applying the fertilizer.
4. Pruning: Prune the Hicksii Yew during the late winter months when the shrub is dormant and “hardened off.” Avoid removing more than one-third of the shrub’s limbs when pruning. Lightly shearing the shrub will encourage it to grow denser.