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Taxus media Farmen

yew 'Farmen'

Easy to grow, hardy variety

A dense, bushy form of yew growing slowly to 1.5m (5ft) with a similar spread. The feathery, spreading shoots tend to grow up and outwards at the tips and are clothed in dark-green needle-like leaves. Hardier than the common yew it is ideal for cold, exposed situations and can be used as a low hedge.  A good evergreen structure shrub for smaller gardens.


Plant in full sun or partial shade in beds and borders. A bold structure plant for low, evergreen planting schemes.


Any well-drained fertile soil. Good on chalk. Cover surrounding soil with grit or gravel to keep foliage free from soil splash. No pruning required but light pruning may be done in spring to control spread.

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 150 cm - 200 cm
Plant width 200 cm - 300 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