Yew (Taxus baccata)
The yew is a favorite landscape evergreen. It's desirable characteristics include slow to medium growth rate, resistance to insects and diseases, excellent year-round color, compact growth habit, winter hardiness, and ease of propagation. One of the only weaknesses of this plant is its susceptibility to damage by deer.
Hardiness- Zone 6 to 7, depending on the genotype.
Growth Rate- slow to medium
Mature Shape- Usually compact and fairly dense. Do not need much pruning. Can be tree or shrub-like, wide spreading and densely branched. The many cultivars offer many shapes from wide-spreading to distinctly columnar.
Height- 30 feet tall (some can reach 60 feet, but shorter is more common)
Width-15 to 25 feet
Site requirements- Prefers a moist, well-drained, sandy loam. Requires excellent drainage.
Features- Easy to maintain and offer excellent year round color and an appealing shape.