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Taxus baccata Fastigiata Robusta

Irish yew

Column form of this much loved tree

Pencil thin columns of deep green needle-like leaves on upright branches will add a formal air to your garden or create a statement in a container.


This slow growing conifer looks stunning in a border to give evergreen height or use to create a focal point. Easy to grow in a sunny or part shaded spot.


Happy in any well drained, fertile soil. Add goodness to the soil by digging in planting compost. Use good quality compost for container growing and raise the pot on pot feet through the winter months to help with drainage.

Discovered in Switzerland, just before World War II.

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 730 cm - 900 cm
Plant width 255 cm - 300 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous Caution toxic if eaten
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 70 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 Garden edging, Banks and slopes

Typically available

From January to December