Japanese Yew Taxus cuspidata

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Botanical Name:

Taxus cuspidata







Common Name:

Japanese Yew

25-30 feet
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Growing Info, follow in order:
Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours.
Stratification: warm stratify for 90 days +, cold stratify for 60 days +.
Germination: sow seed 3/8" deep, keep moist, mulch the seed bed, cover seedbed with some shade, can be sown outdoors in the fall for spring germination.
Other: Sporadic germination may occur over a 2-3 year period.
In a Nutshell:
* Taxus cuspidata ( Japanese Yew or Spreading Yew ) is a member of the genus Taxus , native to Japan , Korea , northeast China and the extreme southeast of Russia . more...
* Much used for hedges, foundation and bank plantings, and similar purposes, can be pruned to grow as a tree, likes moist, well-drained soil, new growth yellow-green, later a rich dark green, tolerates shade well, slow growing, prefers to be out of strong wind and sun, red berries, parent of many cultivars, native to Japan, Korea, and Manchuria.
* Modern research has shown that yew trees contain the substance 'taxol' in their shoots and bark. Taxol has shown exciting potential as an anti-cancer drug, particularly in the treatment of ovarian cancers. This remedy is very toxic and, even when used externally, should only be used under the supervision of a qualified practitioner. more...
Physical Characteristics  Taxus cuspidata is an evergreen Tree growing to 10 m (32ft) by 10 m (32ft) at a slow rate. It is hardy to zone 6 and is not frost tender. It is in leaf 12-Jan, and the seeds ripen from Sep to November. The flowers are dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required) and are pollinated by Wind.The plant is not self-fertile. The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and requires well-drained soil.The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. and can grow in very acid and very alkaline soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade.It requires dry or moist soil.The plant can tolerates strong winds but not maritime exposure. It can tolerate atmospheric pollution.
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Japanese Yew is a great bonsai for beginners.
One of the main features of the Yew is its peeling bark, making the tree look old, a good quality for Bonsai.Yews tolerate a wide range of conditions, they do prefer cooler climates and grow best in temperate-to-cold zones. Prune in the autumn months and

The taxus is a slow grower, with a slim and elegantly shaped trunk. Taxus cuspidata can do any size pot or style of bonsai but do not like soggy soils and need good drainage to thrive. Can be grown indoors and the trunk, bark formation takes a few years. Caution should be used as parts of this tree are poisonous and should not be around small children.

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