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Taxus Baccata Hicksii

Taxus Baccata Hicksii

Taxus Baccata Hicksii is the female form of Taxus Baccata Hillii.

The plant, which produces procures red berries in the summer, grows slowly but more compact than Taxus Baccata. The plant has dark green needles and widely used as a hedge plant as long as the hedge doesn’t exceed 180cm. For higher hedges, chances are that it will fan out at the top.

Taxus Baccata Hicksii looks like the normal Taxus Baccata, making it a suitable plant for hedging.

Growing Taxus Baccata Hicksii

Hicksii grows to a height of about 3-5 meters and a spread of 1-2 meters at maturity. The shrub has a low canopy and grows at a medium rate. When grown in optimal condition, it can live up to 50 years or more

Why you should grow Taxus Hicksii

Taxus Hicksii has a narrow, columnar shape, which gets it high marks as the ideal plant for hedging and screening. When grouped together, they form a thick, evergreen barrier which can be used as privacy screen or windbreak. They also have a fine texture of needles that can serve as a lush background for other garden plants. Here are more reasons why you should plant this upright yew tree:

  • Maintains its color all-year-round
    No matter where Taxus Hicksii is planted, it is a lively, evergreen focal point all year round. Technically, it is a conifer with fern-like branches and flat needles. New vibrant green shoots appear in spring, turning into a darker color as they mature. They produce red berries in fall that display a striking display of contrast and color when other plants are yielding to the freezing temperatures.
  • Solves your shade dilemma
    For those areas in your garden that don’t receive enough light from the sub, few evergreens can do as well as Taxus Hicksii. Although the yew plant does well in partial to full sun and well-drained soil, many homeowners really appreciate its tolerance to shade. It won’t grow as quickly as plants grown in sunny space, but giving it a good trimming can maintain a uniform look.
  • Low-maintenance hedge plant
    Taxus Hicksii requires little maintenance. It has its own natural defense against insects and diseases; therefore, you can expect it to be one of the most prominent features in your landscape for many years. When it comes to pruning, it can be left to grow naturally, or it can handle heavy trimming. However, if you are looking for a more neat and orderly appearance, then early spring is the best time to trim. It is considered a slow growing plant, but it is actually a faster-maturing species.
  • The ideal hedge plant for city living
    Taxus Hicksii is a durable evergreen hedge plant that does well in city environments, including those with high pollution levels. It has an upright, compact shape which blends well with the small garden spaces and urban settings. When this is topped with tolerance to pruning and slower growing, you have a yew tree hedge that provides plenty of screening with space to spare.

Where to grow

Taxus Hicksii grows well in both full sun and partial shade. It does even better in average to moist soil, but will not tolerate waterlogged soils. The Taxus Baccata hedge plant is not particular as to pH or soil type. It can tolerate urban pollution and thrives in inner-city environments.

How to grow Taxus Hicksii

  1. Give the plant a good soak in the container
  2. Choose a planting area with suitable growing conditions
  3. Prepare the planting area by loosening the soil and digging a trench twice the width and 1 or 2 cm deeper as the root ball.
  4. Dig some compost manure into the base of the trench
  5. Place the plant in the trench, with the top of the clod about the same level as the surrounding soil
  6. Backfill the mixture of compost and garden soil, compacting as you go
  7. Water the shrub well and keep it well watered during the first year


Don’t grow the plant in water-logged soils as this will do more harm than good to the plant. Spread about 7cm of mulch such as peat moss, bark chips or recycled chunks of plastic around the planting area to reduce water loss through evaporation and prevent weed growth.


Plant 2 to 3 yew hedge plants per meter

Care & Advice

Watering-Water Taxus Hicksii at least once a week. The plant is not drought tolerant and will start losing its evergreen needles if it doesn’t receive enough water. Fertilizer-It is also important that you fertilize a young Taxus Hicksii plant to stimulate growth. Feed the plant with a water-soluble 10-10-10 fertilizer formula in spring. Sprinkle the fertilizer about 10cm from the plant’s stem to avoid root burn. Pruning-Prune Taxus Hicksii in late winter when the plant is still dormant. Don’t cut off more than one-third of the plant’s limbs. Shear the plant lightly to encourage denser growth.  Diseases and Pests- Taxus Hicksii is exceptionally resistant to pests and diseases.


  • Can last for many years
  • Endures hard pruning
  • Maintains evergreen color
  • Requires little care
  • Can grow in full sun and full shade
  • Easy to grow
  • Tutorial video on how to plant

Should I buy Taxus Baccata Hicksii as a hedging plant?

Taxus Hicksii plants are known to make beautiful hedges. They require little maintenance and are exceptionally resistant to pests and diseases. Most importantly, they can last for so many years when grown under optimal conditions, making it the ideal plant for long term landscaping projects.

Another interesting feature of this yew plant is that it can tolerate pollution, making it the ideal hedging plant for growing in urban areas. It also forms dense, evergreen foliage which gives your garden a beautiful look all-year-round.

So, the answer to this particular question is YES.

If you are looking for high quality and affordable Taxus Baccata Hicksii plants for hedging, feel free to contact us. We will provide you with fresh plants from the ground and also offer you advice. There’s also a tutorial video on how to grow the plant on our website.