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