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Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata'


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Plant type

Evergreen shrub


Fruit, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


photo by Richard Bloom, copyright GAP Photos (15828)
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Plant details

Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata' is a striking, upright, dark green yew makes a good shape without any clipping or trimming. Plants of this cultivar are all female, so if a male yew of any kind is nearby, they produce red berries which add extra interest late in the season. The berries are, however, poisonous if eaten. This conifer makes a good specimen plant for a border, and a double row provides a good formal avenue planted either side of a path, but ultimate height is up to 12m tall. To propagate, take cuttings in late summer and early autumn. Plants are quite tough and will grow in any well-drained soil. (The plant pictured is a very young specimen!)

Family: Taxaceae

Genus: Taxus

Species: baccata

Cultivar: Fastigiata

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Foliage colour: Golden

Feature: Fruit, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade, Shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline, Dry, Moist, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 12000cm

Spread: 400cm

Time to take cuttings: August to September

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