Taxus Media Hillii
Taxus Media Hillii is a compact, upright Yew that grows to form a dense, narrow pyramid up to a height of 183cm or more.
Its upright shoots are packed with olive-green needle-like leaves that maintain their color throughout the year. It is the male version of the Taxus Media Hicksii, the main difference between the plants being that Taxus Media Hillii does not grow berries.
The plant produces scarlet fruits in later summer. Its hardiness makes it the ideal hedge plant for growing in cold, exposed location and makes a great hedge. It grows narrower and slower than Taxus Baccata. The plant’s dark green needles shine beautifully in summer and winter.
Care & Advice
It is a general rule of thumb that new plants need to be watered every week through the first growing season. During hot summer months, soak the ground up to 20cm every few days. Deep watering promotes root growth, resulting in a plant that is sturdier and more tolerant to drought. Use your finger to check soil moisture, and if the first 5-cm of the soil is dry, then it’s time to water the plant. Monitor new yew hedge plants through the first year to ensure that they are getting enough water.
Fertilize established trees every 2 to 3 years. Fertilizers come in different forms: slow-release, organic, synthetic, liquid feeds or granulated. Choose an application method that is most suitable for the situation or simply go with a general purpose formula.Follow the instructions on the fertilizer package. Don’t over-fertilize or apply the fertilizer at the wrong time.
You will need to prune the Yew plant to remove disease and dead branches, promote more flowers, maintain a certain size or promote more flowers. When pruning to control the shape or size of the plant, make cuts just above the leaf bud. Many shrubs can be sheared regularly to keep them in top shape as a hedge. It is always important to use clean tools. Loppers, pruners and hand shears are ideal for trimming most shrubs.