Taxus baccata ‘Repandens’ – This female cultivar of English Yew is a spreading form and an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. It will thrive in just about any exposure (full sun, part sun, shade) and features horizontal branches with drooping tips covered in dark green needles. ‘Repandens’ also tolerates heavy pruning well. Grows 18-24″ high by 4-6′ wide. Hardy to zone 5.
Taxus baccata ‘Fastigiata Aurea’ (syn. ‘Stricta Aurea’, ‘Fastigiata Aureomarginata’) – Golden Irish Yew is a thin upright columnar conifer with bright gold edges on the needles, especially on the new growth flush. It is an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner and an excellent container specimen. The best foliar colours are found in part to full sun. Grows 9-12′ high by 3′ wide (slowly). Zone 6.
Taxus cuspidata EMERALD SPREADER (syn. ‘Monloo’) – A dense, spreading form of Japanese Yew with shorter needles than the species. The foliage remains a dark green in winter and it is particularly cold hardy. EMERALD SPREADER has more refined growth habit than some other groundcover conifers. Grows 30″ high by 8-10 feet wide (at maturity). Hardy to zone 4.
Taxus baccata ‘Fastigiata’ – Irish Yew is a female cultivar with a thin upright growth habit that can be used for narrow profile hedging. It is slow growing with very dark green needles and juvenile specimens make fine container plants. Irish Yew was discovered in Ireland in 1780 and is an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. Grows 9-12′ high by 3 ‘ wide. Hardy to zone 6.
Taxus baccata ‘Repens Aurea’ – A low, spreading conifer with yellow-edged needles that fade to cream as they mature. It is an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner with new shoots producing golden-yellow stems. The best variegation is produced when ‘Repens Aurea’ is planted in part to full sun, although it tolerates shade. Grows 3′ high by 3-5′ wide. Hardy to zone 6.