Taxus Media Hillii or Hill’s Yew The Taxus × Media family of conifers are highly decorative yew hybrids. These hybrids are developed by crossing Taxus Baccata (native to UK) with Taxus Cuspidata (native to Japan and often used to create Cloud Trees). As a result, this family is sometimes also known as the Anglojap Yew. The variety Taxus Media Hilli is a versatile evergreen conifer, whose tolerance of heavy pruning and dense foliage make it a perfect choice for hedging and evergreen screening.
Hill’s Yew, as it is also known, is a small to medium sized shrub with a slow growth rate and a columnar habit. The upright branches bear short, deep green needles. The variety Taxus Media Hilli is a male cultivar, which means it will not flower or produce fruits. However, it will act as a pollinator to female variety - Taxus Media Hicksii - in a ration one male cultivar to ten female cultivars.
Height and Spread of Taxus Media Hilli The narrow, upright natural form and slow growth rate of Hill’s Yew make it ideal for small gardens. This is a compact cultivar even when fully mature: maximum height is around 2 to 3.5 metres, with a spread of only 50 centimetres to 1 metre.
How Hardy is Taxus Media Hilli Hill’s Yew is fully hardy in the United Kingdom and will fare well in severe winters.
How To Use Taxus Media Hilli Both the natural, columnar form of this yew variety and its tolerance of heavy pruning make Hill’s Yew attractive to gardeners. If left untouched, this male yew cultivar adds structural value to the landscape, its erect form creating a vertical accent.
One of the many qualities of the Taxus Media Hilli is its remarkable resilience when it comes to hard pruning. No amount of cutting and trimming will bother it, so this yew is an excellent candidate for hedging or privacy screens. Whether planted en masse in the garden or on its own (e.g. grown in large pots as a front door plant), this stunning evergreen yew hybrid leaves no one indifferent.
How To Care for Taxus Media Hilli Like most yew varieties, Hill’s Yew is easy to care for. It tolerates full sun to partial shade and can thrive in almost all types of soil, as long as they are well-drained. This evergreen shrub does not tolerate wet soils or poor drainage.