Taxus cuspidata 'Nana Aurescens' / Nana Aurescens Japanese yew
Taxus cuspidata'Nana Aurescens' is an outstanding sunny-yellow, low-spreading selection of Japanese yew. It is noted for its eye-catching brilliant yellow foliage in spring that darkens to typical rich green by the end of the growing season. After 10 years of growth, a specimen will be considered mature at 2 feet (60 cm) tall and 3 feet (90 cm) wide, a rate of growth of around 2 to 3 inches (5 - 7.5 cm) per year.
Little is known of the origin of this cultivar other that it recently arrived in the nursery trade via Japan in the early 2000s which can potentially cause a problem with the Latinized cultivar name unless it can be shown that it was named prior to 1959.
Taxus cuspidata 'Nana Aurescens' in northwestern Pennsylvania, USDA Zone 5b. Grows about one inch per year. New growth is bright golden yellow contrasting nicely with prior years dark green foliage.
Photo by William Dunagin