The dwarf Japanese yew is an extremely popular evergreen that is very easy to grow, tolerating a diverse array of growing conditions. The plant grows in many different sizes, so it can be customized to fit just about any lawn or garden. The female version of the yew blooms small red fruits in early summer that provide a vibrant contrast to surrounding plants. While larger species of the Japanese yew can grow up to 50 feet tall, the dwarf version of the plant is much smaller and far easier with which to work. Below are some planting and growing tips to have your dwarf Japanese yew looking its best.
Choose a planting site that contains very well-draining soil. While the yew's sun requirements are very flexible, the plant absolutely requires well-drained soil. You can increase the soil's drainage by adding a layer of sand to the bottom of the planting hole. This hole should be about two inches deeper and wider than your dwarf Japanese yew's root ball. Add a two-inch layer of compost to the soil removed from the planting site to help the yew retain moisture and provide an even better environment for drainage.
Place the dwarf yew into the planting hole and refill it with the compost-laden soil. Pat down lightly to remove air pockets, but not so hard that you damage the roots. Water the plant with about a gallon of water, and repeat this process once a week for the first few months. This will help the dwarf yew become established in its new home. After the initial watering period, the yew can survive without supplementary water, except during the very hot summer months or times of drought.
In early spring, you can prune the shrub as needed. This can be completed to garner the desired shape of your bush, or as a means to aid the dwarf plant in growing a bit more than usual.