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Stonehenge Dark Druid® Yew

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  • Full Shade to Full Sun (Can Grow In Most Sunlight Conditions)
  • Height 3 - 4 Feet
  • Width 3 Feet
  • Growing Zones 5-7

Taxus x media is thought to be a hybrid of two older cultivars of yew, the Taxus baccata, or English yew, and the Taxus cuspidata, or the Japanese yew. It certainly plays out well for this hybrid combination as the T x media has the dense upright form of the English yew and the cold hardiness of the Japanese yew. Introducing Stonehenge Dark Druid Yew, a small, compact yew that is hardy from Zones 5-7 and tolerates all sun or shade habitats, making it very versatile for home gardeners and urban developments alike. Have that dark shaded area under your roof overhang that nothing seems to grow in? With the proper soil and watering regimen, Stonehenge will fit the bill for this hard to grow in space. It is a slow growing shrub and won’t outgrow most spaces easily.

Native to Europe and Asia, yews have been naturalized for gardens all over the world with great success. It is hardy in the temperate regions of the United States, but does not tolerate the extreme cold or heat. It is relatively salt tolerant and makes a good choice for coastal homes along the Atlantic Ocean. One shining attribute stands out from all the rest: it has the ability to flourish in bright sun or deep shade and all conditions in between and it remains fairly compact, just growing to 48 inches tall and 36 inches wide at maturity. It is to be noted that it is not deer resistant and could sustain fatal damage under heavy deer browsing pressure so take that into advisement when locating your new plant. It probably will not survive as a woodland edge planting.

Stonehenge Dark Druid® Yew Care

Plant your new yew in well draining, fertile neutral soil with an average pH of 7.0 for best results. Either sun or shade locations are appropriate. A yearly application of a high nitrogen fertilizer, a 12-6-4, is adequate for most soils. If additional nutrients are needed, add a second feeding or top dress with up to one inch of well composted organic material for best results. It cannot be emphasized enough that the soil in your chosen location be well draining as this conifer will not tolerate soggy soils. Amend native soil with perlite, vermiculite or peat moss if it is a heavy clay or compacted soil. Water every week to ten days during dry weather. To stave off any root rot or fungal diseases, hold back any mulch from the base of the plant by about 6 inches.

Yews can withstand heavy pruning if you wish to shape them, or if you get any damaged branches from winter cold or salt. Prune back to healthy wood. Extensive pruning is not necessary as this plant remains compact throughout most of its lifetime. Mulch heavily in marginal cold winter areas to protect its roots, but remember to hold back from the main trunk by about 6 inches to reduce chances of disease.

Stonehenge Dark Druid® Yew Spacing

Space your new yews about 36 inches apart to allow for growth and air circulation. Almost all parts of the yew are poisonous, so plant this versatile shrub in a location where it is unlikely that children or pets will have access to them. Mass these shrubs out as a border, hedge or utilize as a foundation planting or specimen for your landscape for a relatively care free display.

Stonehenge Dark Druid® Yew Information

USDA Hardiness Zones: 5-7
Plant Type: Shrub
Sunlight Exposure: Full Shade to Full Sun
Mature Height: 3 - 4 Feet
Mature Width: 3 Feet
Plant Spacing: 3 Feet
Growth Habit: Mounded
Flower Color(s): None
Seasonal Interest: Grown for Foliage
Foliage Type: Evergreen
Foliage Color(s): Dark Green
Features: Deadheading Not Necessary, Foliage Interest, Low Maintenance
Uses: Border Plant Container Landscape Mass Planting Specimen or Focal Point
Plant Brand: Proven Winners
Botanical/Scientific Name: Taxus x media 'SMNTHDB' USPP 32,419, Can PBRAF

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Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

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We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
    • We’ll have to review what areas the plants are traveling through along with your location

Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

It is important to know that all of our plants are clearly labeled for which growing zones the plant can survive in. The plants are thoroughly trialed and tested in every growing zone before we state the plant can grow in a zone. Again, our #1 priority is to ship the plants to you healthy and ready to thrive in your location. So we will do everything in our power to do so.