Brown's Yew Planted - October 2022

I feel like I'm finishing the planting season of 2022 the same way that I started it:  focused on shrubs.  The number-one item on my 2022 to-do list was to prioritize shrubs by adding a series of them to our backyard.  I'm pretty happy with the results this year - as I added a series of shrubs including new Oakleaf Hydrangeas and Viburnums.  And moved a few others around.    But, I'm closing the shrub-planting season with a new (to me) shrub:  Brown's Yew.  I have a bunch of Yews in our backyard - but they're ALL one variety:  Hick's upright Yews.  I'm drawn to those because of their shape as well as the fact that they can tolerate shade - which we have plenty of around here.

I came across this lone evergreen shrub - a Brown's Yew - that was on such a good sale that I couldn't pass it up.  You can see it in the photo above - sitting in a 5 gallon nursery stock container.

This was the first time that I came across a Brown's Yew.  Densiformis?  Yep.  But, Brown's?  This was new to me.  I whipped out my phone to 'get to know' this evergreen shrub.  What did I find out?  

It is multi-stemmed.  Does well in shade.  And has fine texture.  So, I brought it home.  Here, below, is the tag:

I tucked it in against the fence in the back around the border of the firepit.  Right behind the Abiqua Drinking Gourd hostas.  You can see it in the photo below with the rabbit-protection cages covering the hostas:

Is this a huge gardening win?  No.  Is it even in the plan?  No.  But, it checks a bunch of boxes for me: 

1.  It is a shrub.  Which I know I need more of in the backyard.
2.  It is an evergreen.  I've been lacking on those.  
3.  It will provide a little screening around the firepit area.  #21 on my 2022 to-do list was to improve that area.  This helps check that box. 
4.  It is upright in nature, so won't take up HUGE amounts of space.


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