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Taxus baccata David

common yew

A compact form of yew perfect for smaller gardens

A small, very slow-growing dwarf yew with tightly packed upright branches forming a neat column. The narrow green leaves are edged with gold; as this is a male form it does not produce poisonous fruits. A miniature version of the golden Irish yew, perfect for the small garden, adding colour and form throughout the year.


Plant in full sun or partial shade at the front of beds or in narrow borders. Ideal for the rock or gravel garden. Ideal for pots and containers.


Any well-drained fertile soil. Good on chalk. Use a loam-based compost in pots and containers. Cover surrounding soil with grit or gravel to keep foliage free from soil splash. No pruning 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
Flowering March - May
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 100 cm - 150 cm
Plant width 80 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous Caution toxic if eaten
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 100 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, Full 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 Cottage garden, Informal garden, Garden edging, City garden, Courtyard garden

Typically available

From January to December