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Taxus baccata

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English yew

Beautiful specimen or great for hedging

Grown in our gardens for centuries, yew is still one of the best hedging plants to give a dense, deep green back drop to borders and allow other plants to show off in front of it.

Where?

Happy in sun or shade this evergreen will eventually make a small tree over many years, if left to its own devices.

How?

Happy in any good soil, that doesn't get too dry. Add goodness to the soil by digging in planting compost. Water occasionally in dry spells to keep this plant looking its best. Trim to shape in late summer each year, if growing as a formal hedge.

A British native and the longest living plant in Europe.

Plant details


In depth plant information

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Plant type Conifer, Hedging
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available January - December
Season of interest Spring
Flowering March - May
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 1000 cm - 2000 cm
Plant width 150 cm - 250 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Hazardous Caution toxic if eaten
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 210 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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

Typically available

From January to December