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Taxus baccata (Yew)

Taxus baccata (Yew)
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Type Tree, Conifer, Hedging & Screening, Evergreen
Form Compact Rounded Tree
Size Medium Sized Tree (3 to 8m height)
Colours Medium green Foliage
Care Regular Maintenance Required
Hardiness Very hardy
Growth Slow Growing Plant
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Taxus baccata - Cultivation Notes

This much loved evergreen has two big disadvantages, it is slow growing and highly toxic. Yew tolerates most soil types othet than wet soils such as heavy clay, being well suited to chalky soils. It tolerates full sun or shade conditions and is very hardy. Yew can be trimmed to shape and can be cut back hard to encourage new growth.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Taxus baccata:

  • Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening
  • Fruit / berry producing
  • Attractive form or foliage for all year interest
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils
  • Tolerates cold exposed locations
  • Suitable for hedging or topiary
  • Suitable for planting in full shade

Weaknesses of Taxus baccata

  • Poisonous if eaten/irritating sap
  • Does not produce showy attractive flowers

Design & Plant Use for Taxus baccata:

  • Evergreen plant suitable for trimming to shape or topiary
  • Conifer suitable for evergreen hedging

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Common Missspellings: Taxas, Taxis, Taxes

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