Taxus canadensis

Common name: Canada Yew

Native plant

The single most shade-tolerant native evergreen. A small, graceful shrub on cold slopes in rich woods. There are also reports of it in bog communities, but I have not seen it. In its native habitat it forms beautiful cascades of green that flow through the woods and over rock ledges and down slopes. The foliage’s dark green color can be rather nice in the landscape. The seeds are bright red, but there are never loads of them on the plant. They are lightly toxic so please do not eat them! It grows a bit on the slow side, so be prepared to wait for it to reach its peak.

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Woodies- Standard Tree
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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry)

Light exposure

Partial Sun / Part Shade, Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Requires Protected Site


Moist Woods

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Single trunk

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
3 Feet
Mature width
6 Feet
Max height
4 Feet
Max width
8 Feet

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