Yews have been one of my personal favorites for many years. In my early days I spent some time learning to grow the perfect yew from propagation. It was not so easy as other shrubs but I figured it out. I've always loved the texture, its a fun plant to touch as it's very soft. Like many plants that remind my of pines, its new leaves are much lighter during the spring flush. In NC, I usually plant my Yews with some protection from the hot summers, in northern states this is unnecessary as they really prefer a cooler climate.