FORMAL English Hedging – Taxus Baccata – English Yew

Taxus baccata Fastigiata hedge - May, Queenstown

Lovely Taxus baccata – English Yew, hedging border example shown here in planting in Queenstown. This long lived plant is associated with years of heritage and shown in many elaborate gardens from past centuries to current plantings. A slower growing tree that creates a hardy dark green formal border well suited to cold areas. Fine foliage trims well for close, tidy from – also well suited for topiary

TAXUS baccata 3lt - March

TAXUS baccata, English Yew, 3lt container, approx. 50cm now

TAXUS baccata 12lt - March

TAXUS baccataEnglish Yew, 12lt container, approx. 80cm+ now

TAXUS baccata 25lt - March

TAXUS baccataEnglish Yew, 25lt container 1.1-1.2m now

Also we have the lovely Upright Irish yew – Taxus baccata ‘Fastigiata’

TAXUS baccata 'Fastigiata' 35lt - Jan

TAXUS baccata ‘Fastigiata’, Lovely upright form Irish Yew, 35lt container 1.5m+ now


Interesting TAXUS baccata – English/Irish Yew Tree Facts

“Taxus -Yew is extraordinarily long-lived and slow-growing, with some trees estimated to be over 3,000 years old.”

“Taxus is a conifer found many areas of the Northern Hemisphere including western, central and southern Europe, northwest Africa, northern Iran and southwest Asia. It can grow in a wide range of conditions: it is extremely tolerant of temperature, humidity and extremes of acid or alkaline soil; however, it does not grow well in soil that has been compacted by vehicles”

“Yew wood is very hard-wearing and was used in the Middle Ages to make the traditional English longbow: a weapon that helped the English win famous battles, such as Agincourt in 1415”

“Recently a chemical found in yew, called taxol, has been found to have anti-cancer effects. They have since been synthesised and are now being used in the treatment of breast, ovarian and lung cancers”

“The berries are attractive to birds but many other parts of the plant such as the seed dried leaves etc are poisonous”