Watnong Gold Yew
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Watnong Gold Yew

Watnong Gold Yew

Gallon Size:
Gallon Size:
  • Young, affordable starter plant
  • May need to be transplanted into 3 gallon pot for more nurturing before planting into landscape
  • Healthy, mature plant
  • Ready to immediately be planted into landscape
  • Large healthy plant
  • Ready to immediately be planted into landscape

Taxus baccata 'Watnong Gold'


At first glance, the Watnong Gold Yew might look like some kind of spreading gold juniper, and you might be tempted to scroll past the picture, but a closer look reveals the tell-tale soft needle foliage common in Taxus plants. This Taxus baccata variety has a broad-spreading, low-growing habit that reaches 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide in ten years (so very very slowly). Best color in full sun. Not a fan of climate change, the Watnong Gold Yew is intolerant of temperature extremes, like long hot spells or cold winter winds, so consider planting in a place that offers some protection. ‘Watnong’ means ‘little hill’ in a Native American dialect most likely associated with a tribe from the New Jersey plains. The Watnong Gold Yew is a selection from the Watnong Arboretum in New Jersey. All parts of this plant are poisonous if ingested, so, deer resistant! Hey, they aren’t THAT dumb.

Hardiness Map
Mature Height: 3'
Mature Width: 4'
Flower Season: Does not flower
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Hardiness Zone: 6 to 8
This plant is suitable for the low temperates below:
Temp (F)
Temp (C)
-10 to 0
-23.3 to -17.8
0 to 10
-17.8 to -12.2
10 to 20
-12.2 to -6.7