There are good reasons why yews like Brownii have become the most widely planted hedge and foundation plant in the U.S. Here's why Brownii makes a great hedge or foundation planting:
- Brownii is low-maintenance and trouble-free.
- It was "born" to be sheared and pruned. Brownii easily accepts shearing into standard hedge forms at whatever height you choose, from 4 to 10 feet tall.
- It tolerates a range of urban conditions and is very adaptable to nearly everything but soggy, wet soils which it has no tolerance of.
- It is rabbit and drought resistant.
- It is tolerant of heavy shade.
- It holds it deep green color even as far north as zone 4.
- Culturally a very undemanding shrub with attractive year-round color.
Brownii is a male clone that will NOT form the typical red berries that most yews produce. Yes, they really are poisonious! Recommended for zones 4-7. Medium to slow growth to a mature size of 8'-10' tall by 6' to 12' width, (depending on soil type and general growing conditions, etc.)