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Hicksii Yew Information: How To Care For Hicks Yew Plants

By Teo Spengler

Even if you never heard of Hicks yew, you may have seen these plants in privacy screens. This evergreen shrub has long, upright-growing branches and dense, shiny foliage. It's an excellent choice for tall hedges. If you want more Hicksii yew information, click here.

Taunton Yew Information – How To Care For Taunton Yew Shrubs

By Teo Spengler

Nothing is more useful in a garden than an easy-care evergreen that does just fine in shady sites. Taunton yew shrubs fit the bill as short, attractive evergreens that tolerate shade. For more Taunton yew information, including tips on care, click this article.

Pruning A Yew Shrub: How To Prune An Overgrown Yew Plant

By Teo Spengler

Unlike some conifers, yews usually respond well to pruning. If you want to learn about pruning yew bushes, including how to prune an overgrown yew, then this article will help. Click here for additional information.

Yew Winter Damage: Tips On Treating Winter Damage On Yews

By Teo Spengler

Winter?s chill can harm many types of trees, including yews. Contrary to what you might think, winter injury to yews doesn?t generally follow an extremely cold winter. Click this article for information about yew winter damage.

Japanese Yew And Dogs – Info About Japanese Yew Plants

By Jackie Carroll

Japanese yew trees come in a wide range of sizes, from dwarfs that rarely exceed 2.5 feet to large specimens that can grow more than 50 feet tall. Read this article to find out whether this lovely and versatile plant is right for your garden.

Yew Shrub Care: Tips For Growing Yews

By Amy Grant

Yew is a great shrub for borders, entranceways, paths, specimen gardening, or mass plantings. Care of the shrub is minimal too. Read this article for more information on growing yews in the landscape.

Is cloud pruning reserved for bonsai?

Not at all. Actually, quite the opposite. Indeed, cloud pruning mainly addresses trees and shrubs that are either grown in pots or directly in the ground. Of course, it is also possible to prune a bonsai into a cloud – let us not stifle creativity – but the practice doesn’t stem from bonsai care in the first place.

Patience, diligence and perseverance are the key to succeeding in cloud pruning a tree or shrub.

Ideally, you’ll be starting with a young specimen. For the more creative spirits, you can try digging a trench along one side of the foot of the tree to slant the trunk somewhat. 2 years later, you can uproot it slightly to tip it again in another direction: that way, you’ll be creating an original, visually appealing bearing.

Landscape Uses

Yews are rugged and shade-tolerant, making them useful landscaping subjects. Their year-round color and sturdiness make the yew an excellent foundation shrub. When used as hedge specimens, they will form a dense green wall. They respond well to trimming, and are a traditional choice for topiary.

  • Despite the fact that its flat, needle-shaped leaves remain a deep green year-round, the yew is not a conifer.
  • All parts of the yew, including leaves and bark, should be kept out of range of pets and curious children, and should be kept fenced off from horses, cattle and other grazing animals.

Favorite Evergreen Shrubs

Kurume Azalea

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Azaleas, as ornamental plants, are not only preferred by home gardeners, but also by professional landscapers. They are available in a wide range of size, form, and color. There exist about 70 – 80 species of azaleas. Thousands of cultivars are used for landscaping. The Kurume hybrids grow to about 2 – 6 feet in height, with a spread of 2 – 5 feet. They grow better in loose and well-drained soil. Regular fertilization is essential for a best display. Flowers are lavender, pink, light pink, red, or white. They do not need bright sunlight, and may grow under trees. Some varieties produce hose-on-hose blossoms.


Native to Northern hemisphere, Viburnum rhytidophyllum is a popular evergreen species, known for its large, lustrous, deeply veined, oval, dark green, and leathery leaves that have wrinkled surfaces. It is commonly known as leatherleaf viburnum. It is a deciduous shrub, and belongs to the Adoxaceae family. It is loved for its evergreen foliage. It grows 6 – 10 feet tall. Very few pests can damage the shrub. It can also tolerate deep shade. These shrubs are good for hedges. They produce clusters of flowers that attract butterflies. The clusters of drupe-like fruits attract birds.


This shrub belongs to the Boxwood family, Buxaceae. They are the evergreen ground-covers for shady areas. These are described as sub-shrubs (dwarf shrubs). Underground runners help them to spread. The leaves are alternate and leathery. They are 5 – 10 cm long and have toothed margins. The height of the shrub can be between 8 – 18 inches. Pachysandra terminalis, or the Japanese Spurge is the most favorite species of gardeners. It can tolerate partial as well as full shade. It grows well in acidic and well-drained soil. Soil rich in humus can also provide better results.


Buxus sempervirens is commonly known as boxwood. It is native to western and southern Europe. The leaves are glossy, rounded, or lanceolate. They are opposite and leathery too. These plants are excellent for using in hedging and topiaries. An expert gardener can cut them in any shape. The branches are densely packed, but they can be easily pruned and shaped. These shrubs are popular worldwide, as they can change the look of the garden significantly. “Winter bronzing” can be a problem for English Boxwood shrubs, but it doesn’t kill these plants. Regular supply of water and protection from wind and sun in winter helps to prevent winter bronzing.

Mountain Laurel

Flowering evergreen shrub, Kalmia latifolia is commonly known as Mountain Laurel or Spoonwood. It is a broad-leaf shrub that has lustrous green foliage. It produces attractive, round, white/light pink flowers in clusters. It grows well in the full sun, as well as partial shade. Height of the shrub can be 3 – 9 m. The leaves can be 3 – 12 cm long, and 1 – 4 cm wide. These shrubs are commonly found on the rocky slopes of mountains, which are covered with forests. Some varieties like Madeline produce double-layered flowers. Ingestion of the flowers, twigs, leaves, and pollen of mountain laurel should be avoided. The plant is poisonous for human beings and animals like sheep, cattle, horses, deer, etc.

Rhododendron Bush

It can be an evergreen/deciduous shrub. There exist more than 28,000 cultivars of Rhododendron. Most of them are grown for the strikingly beautiful display of flowers. Some of them are grown for their attractive leaves and branches. Rhododendron arboreum is the national flower of Nepal. The people of this country love the sour taste of the flower. They consume it by extracting its juice, and also in a pickled form. They also add dried rhododendron flowers to fish curry. The leaves of this plant are large and broad they can be as wide as 12 inches. This shrub is known for stunningly beautiful flowers and leaves. Red, yellow, and purple flowers can enhance the beauty of the hedges.

Oleander Bush

It is an evergreen shrub, but it is poisonous. Ingestion of any part of this plant should be avoided as it is poisonous to humans and animals. Even the sap can cause skin irritation. The plant usually grows to 6 – 12 feet tall. It blooms from summer to fall. It produces clusters of fragrant flowers at the end of each branch. The flowers can be colored pink, red, purple, lilac, yellow, white, etc. Pruning after the bloom period promotes bushier growth and a stunning display of flowers. These plants can adapt to extreme conditions like dry or marshy soil.

Balsam Fir

Nana is the dwarf variety of balsam fir (Abies balsamea) tree. These flat-topped, small, globe-shaped evergreen shrubs are used for fencing (mixed borders). The ‘Piccolo’ has deep green needle leaves. It enhances the beauty of rock gardens. Dwarf balsam fir shrub needs sunlight to grow. It can be 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide. It needs regular supply of water. If the weather is hot, you should supply water more often. Once the root system is developed, you may water it weekly. This shrub does not produce flowers, but the dense, dark green needles (foliage) are beautiful enough to enhance the beauty of your garden.

Japanese Yew

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Japanese plum yew (Cephalotaxus harringtonia) is known for its dark green muscular foliage. It grows well in full or partial sun. Some varieties grow into a mound-like structure. These spreading shrubs are useful for shade as well as hedges. Deer do not eat plum yews. The plants require moist and well-drained soil. The height and spread of this plant can be about 2 – 3 feet. The branches are arched up and out. These plants are grown for their lustrous and dark green foliage (flat needles). In spring, newly developed and glossy lime green leaves add to the beauty of the garden. These plants grow slowly, and need regular watering.


These days, dwarf hybrid varieties of tall spruce trees are easily available, e.g. Dwarf Alberta spruce shrubs, Norway spruce, White spruce, Serbian spruce, etc. They are known for their eye-catching looks. Dwarf Alberta spruce shrubs have a “Christmas tree” shape. You may use it as an accent specimen. These shrubs require very little care. Dwarf Norwegian spruce may be 3 – 4 feet tall, and the branches may spread up to 4 – 5 feet. It requires well-drained soil and full sun. You may use these shrubs for a border. Well grown plants can withstand short periods of drought.

Mountain laurel, hydrangea, holly, yew, chokeberry are other shrub examples to make beautiful hedges. They are commonly used to hide stone foundations of houses. Almost all types of evergreen shrubs are popular because they require minimum maintenance. With occasional pruning, you can make them grow in whatever shape you want.

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