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Article from Bean's Trees and Shrubs Hardy in the British Isles
'Taxus cuspidata' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.
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A tree 40 to 50 ft high in Japan, with a trunk girthing about 6 ft; in cultivation a low tree or spreading shrub; older bark reddish brown. Leaves 1⁄2 to 1 in. long, 1⁄12 to 1⁄8 in. wide, linear, tapered rather abruptly at the apex to a fine point, rounded, and with a distinct stalk at the base 1⁄12 in. long, dark green above, with a broad, tawny yellow strip composed of ten to twelve stomatic lines on each side of the green midrib beneath. The leaves are arranged approximately in two ranks, and stand more or less erect from the twig, often forming a narrow V-shaped trough. Fruits as in T. baccata, but more profusely borne, often clustered.
Native mainly of Japan but also occurring in continental N.E. Asia; introduced by Fortune in 1855 by means of plants which had probably come from Japan, though he sent them from China. Several distinct forms of this yew are grown in the USA, some with a central leader, others many-stemmed from the base. The following seems to be commonest in Britain:
There are two examples of this species in the National Pinetum, Bedgebury, Kent, one, in the collection, 28 × 2 ft (1984) and the other, in North Avenue, 33 × 13⁄4 ft (1979).
T. × media – Another cultivar in this group is ‘Parade’, said to be intermediate in habit between the Irish yew and T. × media ‘Hicksii’.
T. cuspidata var. thayerae Wils
T. cuspidata brevifolia Sieb., nom. nud .
T. c. var. compacta Bean