Yews- Hick’s vs. Hill’s


Which grows faster, the Hill’s yew or the Hick’s yew? I live in London, Ontario. The area receives morning sun, and dappled in afternoon.


Of the two, Hick’s yew is faster growing.

According to Plant World (, Taxus x media ‘Hicksii’, or Hick’s yew, forms a tall columnar bush without pruning, is broad at the base and narrowing at the top with upright branches.  It has the darkest and the glossiest green foliage of all the yews and its bright red berries are added ornament during the fall.  It creates an excellent vertical accent point or when planted together will give a great hedge that withstands city conditions.
SIZE: grows to 2m (6.5 feet) in height at maturity although may be kept shorter with proper pruning.
LOCATION: will grow in sun or shade; great for northern exposures.

Taxus media ‘Hilli’, or Hill’s yew is unexcelled for uniformity and dark green foliage. It is an upright form of dense, compact growth and the shape is broadly conical. The shape lends itself to shaping into a hedge and is also a great foundation plant.

SIZE: it is not fast growing, but if left on its own for a decade or more it could reach 10 feet or more in height.  This is easily maintained at a suitable height with a little pruning.

LOCATION: like all yews, it is very hardy and will grow in sun or shade.  It is great for northern exposures.