Hick's Yew is a distinctive shrub with a lot of character when compared to other evergreen conifers or broadleaf shrubs used for privacy screening. Graceful, long, upright branches are covered with lush, petite, glossy, dark evergreen foliage. With an overall slow growth rate of about 12” per year, and 10-12 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide at maturity, it is a relatively easy maintenance plant for narrow spaces where you need a tall hedge or privacy screen.
Its resilience as a popular choice for a privacy screen is because of its dense, columnar growth that responds exceptionally well to heavy shearing or pruning by becoming denser. For added interest, Hick’s Yew produces red berries in fall, but if you are in need of seedless variety, then the male ‘H.M. Eddie’ is also an option.
Hick’s and H.M. Eddie yews are equally happy in full sun or full shade. So whether you live in hot and bright, or cool and shady climates and locations, you are bound to have success. Yews can tolerate a wide range of soils but do best in a well-draining area. To help encourage robust and healthy root growth, make sure it is well watered for at least the first few months after planting.
Adding a few inches of leaf or wood chip mulch will help insulate the roots from extreme winter and summer temperatures, and retain moisture throughout the year. Once established, they are drought tolerant but will grow best when it is watered after the soil has been allowed to dry out.