Taxus baccata Yew

Common Yew

Description: A slow growing, medium sized bushy evergreen tree with very small, needle like, dark green leaves. Bright red, berry like fruits ripen in the autumn and are attractive to birds during the winter. Suitable for hedging and topiary, trimming is best carried out in May and September for the best result.

History: Native to Britain, much of Europe and parts of Asia and Africa. 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): 6m x 3m


  • Evergreen
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • M Size: Medium
  • Growth rate: Slow
  • Award-winning
  • Open space planting
  • Needs well-draining site
  • Chalk tolerant
  • Drought tolerant
  • Suitable for hedging

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