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Taxus baccata fastigiata Aurea Group

Irish Yew

A dense column of yellow/green foliage

This handsome conifer is very slow growing so suitable for the narrowest of spaces. The fresh, young growth in late spring turns this plant into a glowing column of bright golden yellow which matures to deeper gold through summer and winter.


The upright growth habit makes a statement near a path or to give height to a sunny border. A great choice for year round colour in a large container.


Enrich the soil before planting by adding well rotted manure or homemade garden compost. Use a good quality loam based compost for container growing and raise the pot on pot feet through the winter months to help with drainage.

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
Flowering March - May
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 250 cm - 300 cm
Plant width 85 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous Caution toxic if eaten
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 90 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, 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 Gravel garden, Garden edging, Banks and slopes

Typically available

From January to December