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Taxus baccata Common yew English yew Yew

Taxus baccata (Common yew)
Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
15m
Max height
12m
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

Flower: Yellow in Spring

Foliage: Dark-green in All seasons

Tree shape: Broadly conical

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

Awards: RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

How to care

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Specific pests: Gall mites , Scale insects , Tortrix moth , Vine weevil Gall mites , Scale insects , Tortrix moth , Vine weevil

Specific diseases: Phytophthora root diseases Phytophthora root diseases

General care

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...


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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.

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

Soil drainage: Well-drained

Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light: Full Shade, Full Sun, Partial Shade

Aspect: North, South, East, West

Exposure: Exposed, Sheltered

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.


Taxus baccata is: Evergreen

Flower: Yellow in Spring

Foliage: Dark-green in All seasons

Tree shape: Broadly conical

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

Awards: RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

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. . REGISTER to read more...

Propagation methods: Semi-hardwood cuttings. REGISTER to read more...


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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.

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

Soil drainage: Well-drained

Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light: Full Shade, Full Sun, Partial Shade

Aspect: North, South, East, West

Exposure: Exposed, Sheltered

Hardiness: Hardy (H4)


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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?...

Taxus baccata

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