Taxus × media 'Wardii' / Ward's foundation yew

Taxus × media 'Wardii' is a broadly spreading, strongly growing, female selection of foundation yew with irregular branching, and fine, very dense, dark-green needles. It is known to produce copious crops of berries from a young age. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 4.5 feet (1.5 m) tall and 6 feet (2 m) wide, a yearly growth rate of 4 to 6 inches (10 - 15 cm). Individual specimens can be easily controlled through periodic shearing.

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected around 1950 by R.T. Brown of New York, USA.

Taxus × media 'Wardii' — growing in a shaded garden at the Chicago Botanic Gardens, Glencoe Illinois USA.
Photo by Paul Drobot
Taxus × media 'Wardii' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by Paul Drobot
Taxus × media 'Wardii' — a mature specimen display a spring flush of new foliage.
Photo by Paul Drobot