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09/04/2013 at 08:25

Hi there

Could someone recommend a 'fast' growing Yew (one that will get close to 12" a year), if it is a native that would be great but happy with hybrid (Taxus x).


I'l looking to harvest wood (coppicing) rather than hedge building so would prefer column growing rather than spreading.


Many thanks



09/04/2013 at 08:57
09/04/2013 at 08:57 this page might help it says yew is fast growing when young and will slow down when it gets pruned.

09/04/2013 at 08:58

My Taxus baccata makes 12" of extension growth all round per year but, at 20 years from seed, it's a long way from having anything to harvest. What use were you thinking of for the harvested wood?

09/04/2013 at 09:14

Most yew will grow at 12 inches a year but you will be hard pressed to coppice it and get any worth while pieces of wood to work with. I dont think it is really an ideal tree for coppicing.

09/04/2013 at 09:33

Agree... it will not be in your life time that you will be able to harvest any useable timber.

The greenery can be hard pruned.

Chris, what do you need the wood for?

09/04/2013 at 10:37
Taxus, it's said is slow growing, but for me is pretty quick.
But, whenever I prune my upright ones they are slow to initiate growth. I doubt if it's suitable to coppice.
I grow a few mound formers and they're pruned to maintain shape and size. These do respond quickly
09/04/2013 at 19:21

What about Golden-leaved Yews?

09/04/2013 at 22:47
Most of mine are yellow but just the same...not really coppicing material. Don't think any Taxus is.
09/04/2013 at 23:07

Ordinary bog-standard yew grows quite quickly. Irish yew, fastigiata is slower I have heard. Best to check your books first before buying.

Preparation is important as ever..dig a trench and add something in the way of feed/compost etc. Make sure you allow lots of room...more than you think you need and remember you need to be able to cut it from both sides.

Yew is a great choice.

10/04/2013 at 08:02

Woodgreen wonderboy, I  said Taxus baccata fastigiate was the upright growing Yew that chris was asking for.

Yes Yew is a great choice....BUT would you recommend it for regularly harvesting the timber?


If I read this correctly chris is not looking for harvesting the green branches .. he seems to be after the timber.

My argument is that timber is very very slow to bulk up.

10/04/2013 at 08:22
Silver surfer, yew will not coppice like eucalyptus, for example. It will regrow etc and grow at good rate but that's all
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