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Botanical name: Taxus baccata
Other names: Common yew, English yew, Yew
Species: T. baccata - T. baccata is a medium-sized evergreen, coniferous tree with narrow, dark green foliage.
Taxus baccata is: Evergreen
Flower: Yellow in Spring
Foliage: Dark-green in All seasons
Fruit: Red in Autumn
Tree shape: Broadly conical
Toxicity: Most parts, especially the seeds, are highly toxic if eaten.
Awards: RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)
Plant with: Abelia x grandiflora (Glossy abelia), Abelia schumannii (Schumann abelia), Viburnum x burkwoodii 'Anne Russell' (Arrowwood 'Anne Russell'), Viburnum x burkwoodii (Arrowwood), Viburnum nudum (American withe rod)
Specific diseases: Phytophthora root diseases
Pruning: No regular pruning necessary, but can be trimmed and shaped when required. . REGISTER to read more...
Propagation methods: Semi-hardwood cuttings. REGISTER to read more...
Taxus baccata (Common yew) will reach a height of 15m and a spread of 12m after 20-50 years.
Suggested uses: Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance, Foliage only
Cultivation: Plant in any well-drained soil. Will tolerate exposure, dry soils and urban pollution.
|This plant likes...||Garden match|
|Soil types:||Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)|
|Soil pH:||Acid, Alkaline, Neutral|
|Light:||Partial Shade, Full Shade, Full Sun|
|Aspect:||North, South, East, West|
Discuss Taxus baccata (Common yew) with other Shoot members.
Hi, I have rescued a yew from a privet hedge and want to plant it in a shady courtyard corner against the wall of my house. I will be keeping it to about 6ft high by 3ft wide. Will the roots cause problems?
Yew produces fleshy, cup-shaped, red fruits which are eaten by birds. The flesh around the seed is harmless but the seed itself is very poisonous, as is the cut foliage and bark.
This is a very long- lived tree, with some specimens reckoned to be at least to 2,000 years old and possibly even older.Yew wood, because of its elastic qualities, was used to make the English longbow.
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