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Taxus baccata


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Evergreen tree





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Taxus baccata
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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.

Family: Taxaceae

Genus: Taxus

Species: baccata

Plant type: Evergreen tree

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade, Shade

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 1000cm

Spread: 600cm

Time to take cuttings: August to September

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