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
Taxus cuspidata 'Capitata', also known as Capitata Yew or Japanese Yew, is a slow-growing evergreen tree that is widely used for hedges, foundation and bank plantings, and similar purposes. Its pleasingly pyramidal habit and conical form make it perfect for screening and hedging in the East and Midwest. This tree can also be pruned to grow as a tree and prefers moist, well-drained soil, while tolerating shade well. Its new growth is yellow-green and later becomes a rich dark green, with red berries that are toxic, except for the fleshy berry surrounding the seed, which is edible and sweet. Modern research has shown that yew trees contain the substance 'taxol' in their shoots and bark, showing exciting potential as an anti-cancer drug. However, taxol is highly toxic and should only be used under the supervision of a qualified practitioner. 'Capitata' is native to Japan, Korea, and Manchuria and is a parent of many cultivars. This plant prefers to be out of strong wind and sun and is ideal for those looking for an ornamental plant that is both beautiful and hardy.