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Taxus baccata (Common yew)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
49ft 3in
Max height
39ft 4in
Max spread
20-50 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Taxus baccata

Other names

Common yew, English yew, Yew

Genus

Taxus Taxus

Species

T. baccata - T. baccata is a medium-sized evergreen, coniferous tree with narrow, dark green foliage.


Taxus baccata is: Evergreen

Tree shape

Broadly conical

Toxicity

Most parts, especially the seeds, are highly toxic if eaten.

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Yellow in Spring

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Gall mites , Scale insects , Tortrix moth , Vine weevil Gall mites , Scale insects , Tortrix moth , Vine weevil

Phytophthora root diseases Phytophthora root diseases

General care

Pruning

No regular pruning necessary, but can be trimmed and shaped when required.

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Taxus baccata (Common yew) will reach a height of 49ft 3in and a spread of 39ft 4in 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.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Taxus baccata

Other names

Common yew, English yew, Yew

Genus

Taxus Taxus

Species

T. baccata - T. baccata is a medium-sized evergreen, coniferous tree with narrow, dark green foliage.

Foliage

Evergreen

Tree shape

Broadly conical

Toxicity

Most parts, especially the seeds, are highly toxic if eaten.

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Yellow in Spring

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Gall mites , Scale insects , Tortrix moth , Vine weevil

Specific diseases

Phytophthora root diseases

General care

Pruning

No regular pruning necessary, but can be trimmed and shaped when required.

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Taxus baccata (Common yew) will reach a height of 49ft 3in and a spread of 39ft 4in 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.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

WUCOLS water use

North Central Coastal - Moderate/Medium

Central Valley - Moderate/Medium

South Coastal - Moderate/Medium

South Inland Valley - Moderate/Medium

High & Inter. Desert - Moderate/Medium

Low Desert - Inappropriate

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