Japanese Yew. Very slow growth, small, dark green leaves and smooth, reddish-brown trunk. Light green buds turning dark green by maturing. Replaces old vegetation in May/June. Cut off the new vegetation (only once matured) using sharpened clippers either before summer or in September/October. Avoid pruning during the hottest months. Loves cool, ventilated places, preferably in partial shade with well-drained neutral pH soil. Water only when the soil surface is completely dry (intolerant of water stagnation). Use a slow-release fertiliser in spring. A preventive anti-fungal treatment followed by a mineral oil insecticide treatment is advised in winter, as well as an acaricide treatment in summer.