Hick’s Yew Hedge

Taxus x media ‘Hicksii’

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Hicks Yew (Taxus x media 'Hicksii') is a sturdy evergreen shrub which makes an excellent hedge or privacy screen. Yew hedges have always been popular but the Hicks Yew Shrub variety has a tall, narrow habit that makes it ideal for hedging. Hicks Yew hedges respond very well to heavy pruning, becoming a more dense and handsome hedge over time. Hicks Yew privacy hedges grow well in both full sun and full shade, and it remains a popular hedge in a variety of climates throughout the U.S.

This 3-4' Hicks Yew hedge unit is ready to be planted in its biodegradable cardboard container.

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This 3-4' Hicks Yew hedge unit is ready to be planted in its biodegradable cardboard container.


A 4-5' yew (Taxus) InstantHedge in biodegradable cardboard container ready to be planted in the landscape.


This 5-6' yew (Taxus) hedge has been dug and placed in our biodegradable cardboard container.


These yew (Taxus) InstantHedge units are conveniently transported via a pallet and ready to be planted in the landscape.


The recently-installed yew (Taxus) hedge shows substantial privacy in just one day!


With equipment such as this, planting even long distances of hedge can be very easy.


These Hicks Yew hedges are nearly ready to be harvested at 3 feet tall.


These Hicks Yew hedges are nearly ready to be harvested at 3 feet tall.


These Hicks Yew hedges are nearly ready to be harvested at 3 feet tall.


Colorful reddish fruits called arils develop on Hicksii yew (Taxus media 'Hicksii') to look like little ornaments on the branches!


A finished 3-4' hedge of yew (Taxus).


This yew (Taxus) hedge has been grown to 5' high.


A large order of yew (Taxus) as well as European beech (Fagus sylvatica) is prepared by the loading dock ready for shipment.


Young, strongly-rooted plants are chosen for planting in the field to create vigorous, consistent InstantHedges.


Even in winter, the foliage holds a rich dark green color on yew (Taxus).


This truck has been loaded with shorter yew (Taxus) hedges and taller European beech (Fagus sylvatica) hedges.

Hicks Yew Quick Guide

Hicks Yew Growing Region
  • Yew Hedge is a popular hedge in the northern regions of the United States, as it grows well in cool and shady climates.
  • Hicks Yew Plant is evergreen, maintaining a deep olive color throughout the year in many different climates.
  • With a slow growth rate of less than 1 foot per year, Hicks Yew is an easy hedge to maintain for long periods of time.
  • As it’s resilient to salt and pollution, Taxus Hicksii is a fantastic choice for yards in coastal or urban areas.


  • Dense, evergreen foliage makes hicks yew hedges fantastic for privacy screening
  • Grows well in full sun to full shade – the best hicks yew shade hedge for shade
  • Tolerates a wide range of soils
  • Responds well to regular pruning
  • With a tall, narrow growth habit, Taxus X Media Hicksii is a great choice for small spaces needing a narrow hedge

Hicks Yewprefers moist, well-draining soils, but it does not grow well in overly wet environments.

In England, the semi-toxic yew hedge was once relegated to growing only churchyards, where cows were unable to graze on the yew shrub. Interestingly, and perhaps unfortunately for gardeners today, deer are both attracted to the hicks yew shrub and can eat its leaves without harm. For nontoxic evergreen privacy hedge options, please take a look at Emerald Green Arborvitae, Green Giant Arborvitae, and Virescens Western Red Cedar.

USDA Hardiness Zones:5 - 8
Your Hardiness Zone:

Sun/Shade:Full Sun to Full Shade
Deer Resistance:No
Watering Requirements:Weekly, or more often in extreme heat
Growth Rate:Slow
Mature Size:10’ - 12’
Drought Tolerance:Excellent
West Coast - Sunset Heat Zones:3 - 9 and 14 - 24; A3
Pest/Disease Issues:No serious problems. Weevils, mealybugs and scale are problems in some areas, as are twig blight and needle blight.

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