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Taxus baccata


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Evergreen tree





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Taxus baccata
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Yew is a native British evergreen, whose wood was once used for making longbows. Young plants are bushy and, if left unclipped, they eventually grow into large trees almost as wide as they are tall. However they are rarely allowed to grow naturally, being a firm favourite for classic style hedges and topiary. The plants withstand quite hard clipping and, if overgrown, can be rejuvenated by cutting them back to the stumps. The are also quite amenable to growing conditions and will grow in any well-drained soil. To propagate, take cuttings in late summer and early autumn. The Royal Horticultural Society have given it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit.

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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