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Taxus × media Hillii

Yew 'Hilliii'

Easy to grow, dark green variety

A compact, upright yew growing to form a dense, narrow pyramid up to 1.8m (6ft) or more in height. The upright shoots are packed with dark olive-green, evergreen needle-like leaves that retain their colour throughout the year.  Scarlet fruits appear on the plants in late summer. Hardier than the common yew it is ideal for cold, exposed situations and makes an excellent hedge.  


Plant in full sun or partial shade in beds and borders. A bold structure plant and excellent backdrop for bright foliage and flowers.


Any well-drained fertile soil. Good on chalk. For a hedge plant 90cm (3ft apart). Can be trimmed in spring or autumn as required.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Conifer
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available January - December
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Flowering March - May
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 400 cm - 800 cm
Plant width 250 cm - 400 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous Most parts, especially the seeds, are highly toxic by ingestion
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 200 cm
Medicinal No
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Clay, Chalk, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Garden edging

Typically available

From January to December