Taxus baccata

Taxus baccata

Yew

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Taxus baccata
  • Common name: Yew
  • Plant type: Tree
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Evergreen

Height: 10m

Spread: 6m

Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Attractive to wildlife, Fruit

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Taxus baccata

Yew, Taxus baccata, is a native British evergreen tree. Young plants are bushy and make a fine hedge, but, if left unclipped, they eventually grow into a large tree. It withstands quite hard clipping and, if overgrown, can be rejuvenated by cutting them back to the stumps. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

GrowTaxus baccata in moist but well-drained soil in sun or shade. To propagate, take cuttings in late summer and early autumn.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade, Full shade
  • Aspect: North facing, East facing, South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Back
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Maintenance: Low maintenance
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Chalky/alkaline

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Provides shelter/habitat, Makes a good wildlife hedge, Seeds for birds

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Toxic part: Fruit, Foliage
  • Effects: Harmful if ingested

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