If you need a yew you should surely consider the Taxus cuspidata ‘Capitata’ Clipped Coned Yew and it’s pyramidal, conical growth habits. Dark green foliage grows nearly vertical with branches ascending upward to heights of 2-3 m (6.5-10 ft) with a waist line of 1.5-2.5 m (5-8 ft). It is a trimmable variety of yew with dark green foliage and light green new growth highlights. Red berries attract birds but the rest of us need to keep our distance as urgent medical attention may be required if ingested. This zone 4 yew enjoys the sun but can handle the shade, is versatile, hardy and low maintenance.
Though versatile in the landscape the ‘Capitata’ is particular about one thing- its soil, it will not tolerate much moisture. As long as the soil is well drained you can use this plant for hedges, group plantings, screens, or foundation plantings. If used as a stand-alone in an exposed area it is suggested to burlap it for the colder months of the year. Over all it is a real crowd pleaser all year round with evergreen needles and red decorative berries.
Clip this Coned Yew until your hearts content, test your pruning capabilities as this yew will regrow on old wood and can be rejuvenated.