Taxus baccata 'Repandens' / creeping English yew

Taxus baccata 'Repandens' is a robust, widely spreading selection of English yew with undulating branches and nodding lateral shoots. Its long, dark-green, sickle-shaped needles are held in two ranks. Berries are rarely produced and only on older plants. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 2 feet (60 cm) tall and 6 feet (2 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 6 - 8 inches (15 - 20 cm), mostly outward. 'Repandens' is a very popular choice for a large, ground-covering conifer.

Samuel B. Parsons & Sons nurseries of New York, New York, USA is credited with introducing this cultivar to the nursery trade in the late 1880s. In his 1923 book, Dwarf and Slow-growing Conifers, Murray Hornibrook speculates that this is possible cultivar of Taxus canadensis, based on hardiness in upstate New York and loose-scaled winter buds.

Taxis baccata 'Repandens' — accessioned in 1981 by the Morris Arboretum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; photo from 2020.
Photo by Katherine Wagner-Reiss
Taxus baccata 'Repandens' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by University of Connecticut Plant Database,, Mark H. Brand, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, Storrs, CT 06269-4067 USA.
Taxus baccata 'Repandens' — a 1949 accession at the New York Botanical Garden, The Bronx, New York (USDA Hardiness Zone 7a); photo from 2020.
Photo by Katherine Wagner-Reiss
Taxus baccata 'Repandens' — a well-maintained mature plant in an arboretum setting.
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