Sunburst Yew

Taxus x media 'Sunburst'

  • Semi-dwarf dense mounding habit
  • Ascending branches arch outward
  • Narrow short-stalked green-yellow needles are a brighter yellow at the tips
  • Small round fleshy red berries on mature stems
  • Low tolerance for salt or wet, poorly-drained conditions


175-200 cm

250-300 cm

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Growing and Maintenance Tips:

A versatile evergreen tolerating heavy pruning, making it ideal for hedges, screens, foundation plantings and topiary landscapes. It can also be left unpruned for a softer textured landscape. This cultivar adds visual impact throughout the year. Protection (burlap wrap) from drying winter winds is recommended in an exposed location.

All parts of the plant are poisonous to human beings, dogs, cats, and horses, except the flesh of the basically tasteless berry. The hard seed inside the berry is also poisonous. Unfortunately, the poison does not seem to affect deer.

Additional Notes about Sunburst Yew:

Mature taxus specimens have the ability to regrow from old wood; older specimens in the garden can be rejuvenated.