Taxus baccata ‘Fastigiata’ Yew

Irish Yew

Description: A large, bushy, upright evergreen shrub, columnar when young, later broader, with erect shoots bearing dark green leaves. Most Irish Yews are female and carry bright red fruits in autumn. An ideal formal feature tree.

History: Originally found as two plants on the moors in Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland in 1780. Received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

Taxus Growing Tips: Tolerant of a wide range of growing conditions including shade and chalk but not waterlogged or poor draining soil. Will tolerate exposure, dry soils and urban pollution.

Most parts of the plant are toxic, particularly if foliage is eaten by animals.

Height and Spread (after 10 years): 4m x 2m


  • Evergreen
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Growth rate: Slow
  • S Size: Small
  • Award-winning
  • Open space planting
  • Needs well-draining site
  • Do not prune
  • Chalk tolerant
  • Drought tolerant

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