Taxus cuspidata 'Low Boy' / Low Boy Japanese yew

Low Boy Japanese yew — a splash of gold to light up a dark corner of the garden.

Taxus cuspidata 'Low Boy' is an unusual Japanese yew — a sunny, golden-yellow ground-hugger, perfect for an eye-catching accent in part shade. After 10 years, a mature specimen will measure 2 feet (60 cm) tall and 4 feet (1.3 m) wide, an average growth rate of 3 to 5 inches (7.5 - 12.5 cm).

This cultivar originated in the USA at some time in the mid-1980s. Other than that, little to nothing is known about its origin. At times one will see this conifer incorrectly labeled as 'Aurea Low Boy' — an illegitimate listing.

Taxus cuspidata 'Low Boy' in a private garden in Dearborn, Michigan.
Photo by Dennis Groh