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Stonehenge Skinny® Yew

Taxus x media 'SMNTHDPF'

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Stonehenge Skinny Yew (Taxus x media 'SMNTHDPF') at Arbor Farms Nursery

Stonehenge Skinny® Yew

Stonehenge Skinny® Yew

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Stonehenge Skinny Yew (Taxus x media 'SMNTHDPF') at Arbor Farms Nursery

Stonehenge Skinny® Yew

Stonehenge Skinny® Yew

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  10 feet

Spread:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Brand:  Proven Winners


An extremely narrow and columnar evergreen shrub with dark green needles which emerge bright emerald green in spring; a great vertical accent plant for articulation in the garden; will not likely need pruning; does well in shade

Ornamental Features

Stonehenge Skinny® Yew is a dwarf conifer which is primarily valued in the landscape or garden for its rigidly columnar form. It has dark green evergreen foliage which emerges light green in spring. The ferny sprays of foliage remain dark green throughout the winter.

Landscape Attributes

Stonehenge Skinny® Yew is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a narrowly upright and columnar growth habit. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and can be pruned at anytime. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Stonehenge Skinny® Yew is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Stonehenge Skinny® Yew will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 60 years or more.

This shrub performs well in both full sun and full shade. However, you may want to keep it away from hot, dry locations that receive direct afternoon sun or which get reflected sunlight, such as against the south side of a white wall. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. This plant will benefit from an application of bonemeal and/or mycorrhizal fertilizer at the time of planting. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets.

Stonehenge Skinny® Yew makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Its large size and upright habit of growth lend it for use as a solitary accent, or in a composition surrounded by smaller plants around the base and those that spill over the edges. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Articulation  Massing  Screening  Garden  Container 
Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features