Evergreen Taxus Media Rising Star is a new yew hybrid with dense, upright branches and minimal pruning requirements. It’s an excellent dark green hedging plant or screening plant that grows equally well in the full sun or shade.
Taxus is the UK’s Common Yew that’s extremely hardy and used for hedging in a wide variety of situations. Taxus Media Rising Star is a cross between our Common Yew and Japanese Yew Taxus Cuspidata. It was an accidental discovery in a Netherlands plant nursery found growing between other Taxus Media varieties such as Taxus Media Hicksii and Taxus Media Hillii.
Yew Rising Star differs from other yews because it has retained its hardy ‘grow anywhere’ qualities, but requires minimal pruning. It grows slowly in a columnar shape with dense sharply ascending branches that reach for the sky with narrow tightly spaced dark green needles.
Its flowers are insignificant and it doesn’t bear any berries. Its upright growth makes it an excellent choice for a no prune slow-growing hedge, a divider, or a privacy screen in compact spaces.
Height And Spread of Taxus Media Rising Star Yew Rising Star is narrow and upright reaching a maximum height of 2 metres tall but only spreading 50 cms.
How Hardy Is Taxus Media Rising Star Low maintenance, extremely hardy, and almost indestructible this yew will grow in any situation except waterlogged soil and is rarely bothered by pests.
How To Use Taxus Media Rising Star This is a great choice for low maintenance hedges, privacy screens, and green garden dividers. It’s slow-growing enough to replace buxus in parterres and will create full shade for a play area or fernery.
You can use Yew Rising Star in your front garden where it will tolerate pollution, drought and exposed situations and as an evergreen, low maintenance specimen shrub for containers.
How To Care For Taxus Media Rising Star Once established Yew Rising Star needs little to no care. Its extremely neat and slow-growing growth habit cuts out the need for pruning and it copes with exposed or dry spots.
Grow it in full sun to partial shade in any type of soil except waterlogged. It will tolerate exposed and sheltered sites, slopes, and chalk. It’s difficult to find a hardier, more tolerant shrub than yew.
Water well until established and apply a thick layer of mulch in early spring to trap moisture and provide nutrients for the growing year.