Hicks Yew is a popular tree for growing into tall, narrow hedges. It has lovely, dark, evergreen needles, and it is dotted with bright red “fruits” in late summer and fall. It grows nearly straight upright and can mature up to 20 feet tall over time, making a nice, dense privacy hedge. It is also suitable for maintaining as a low hedge at 3-4’ tall. It is versatile for use in many garden styles and is very easy to care for.
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About Hicks Yew
Hicks Yew is a hybrid between English Yew and Japanese Yew that was developed at Hicks Nurseries in the US. It was selected for the extremely narrow yet vigorous growth that makes it develop into a natural column over time. It also has improved cold-hardiness over the English Yew.
Typically, Hicks Yew grows 6-8” per year, making it easy to maintain. It also responds extremely well to pruning, making it an excellent choice for a hedge. Its growth habit makes it easy to achieve a tall, narrow privacy hedge that won’t have a large footprint. Hicks Yew has beautiful, olive-colored, evergreen needles and bears bright red “fruits” in late summer and fall for a nice contrast.
The seeds inside are toxic to mammals but are enjoyed by birds. Yew is a great choice for a hedge in a shady area, but it can also grow in full sun. It tolerates salt and urban pollutants, making it suitable for growing in cities.
Deer usually avoid yew, but very hungry herds have been known to eat them occasionally. It has almost no disease issues. It grows well in a wide range of conditions. The only thing it does not tolerate is overly wet or poor-draining soil.
Yew plants in general are extremely long-lived, so you can plan on your Hicks Yew hedge lasting beyond your lifetime with proper care! It is a classic choice for hedges but can also make a noteworthy accent plant.
Top Qualities of Hicks Yew
- Tall, Narrow Growth Habit
- Moderately Slow Growth Rate
- Dark, Olive-Colored, Evergreen Foliage
- Grows in Full Shade to Full Sun
- Easy to Grow