Taxus cuspidata 'Rezek's Gold' / Rezek's Gold Japanese yew

Rezek's Gold Japanese yew — a perfect little plant for the smaller garden; it's golden foliage, especially nice in spring will light up dark corners and will contrast beautifully with dark-green plants.

Taxus cuspidata 'Rezek's Gold' is a dwarf, irregular upright selection of Japanese yew with butter-yellow new growth that becomes dark-green as the growing season progresses. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 2 feet (60 cm) tall and 1.5 feet (45 cm) wide, an annual growth rate of 2 to 3 inches (5 - 7.5 cm). This conifer looks and performs its best when exposed to morning sun and afternoon shade, planted in well-drained soil.

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in the late 1990s by renowned plantsman and ACS founder Ed Rezek of Malverne, New York.

Taxus cuspidata 'Rezek's Gold' — a small specimen growing in USDA Zone 7b, in my garden in Cary, North Carolina.
Photo by Sandy Horn