Taxus×media'Hicksii' is an upright growing female selection of Hybrid yew with long, upwardly ascending, undulating branches holding glossy, dark green, 2-ranked needles. It is well-known for bearing abundant red berries. 'Hicksii' is an easily found plant in the nursery trade and is very popular for use as a hedgerow or topiary subject. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 4.5 feet (1.5 m) tall and 3 feet (1 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 4 to 5 inches (10 - 12.5 cm).
This cultivar originated as a seedling sourced from Taxus cuspidata 'Nana' selected around 1900 by Henry Hicks, grandson of nursery founder, Henry Hicks and introduced to the nursery trade by Hicks Nurseries, Westbury, New York, USA.
Taxus x media 'Hicksii' at the Gotelli Collection of The U.S. National Arboretum, Washington, D.C., May 2006 — a grouping of several plants.
Photo by Dax Herbst
Taxus x media 'Hicksii' growing in a private garden in Milford Maine, about twenty five years of age.
Photo by Don Levesque