Taxus cuspidata Kyaraboku (Japanese yew)


ORIGIN AND SPREAD: China, Korea, Japan  

CHARACTERISTICS: very slow-grower, small, dark-green leaves; smooth, reddish-brown  trunk; light-green buds turning dark green by maturing; replaces the old vegetation in May/June.

 CARE: loves cool, ventilated places, preferably in partial shade; well-drained neutral pH soil; water only when the soil surface is completely dry; intolerant of water stagnation; use a slow-release fertilizer in spring; a preventive insecticide treatment with white oil is advised in winter, as well an acaricide treatment in summer. 

PRUNING: cut off the new vegetation (only once matured) either before summer or in September/October, avoid pruning during the hottest months.

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