English yew, Taxus baccata, is ideal for screening or topiary and makes an excellent hedge. Prostrate forms make good ground cover, even in dense, dry shade. There are a great number of cultivars available, including fastigiate (upright) forms that are ideal for formal planting.
Taxus baccata ‘Dovastoniana’ AGM: (female) forms a small tree with tiers of wide, spreading branches and weeping branchlets with very dark green leaves. A useful plant for providing a horizontal element in a border. It can reach 3-5m (10-15ft) by 2m (6ft).
T. baccata ‘Standishii’ AGM: (female) is a slow-growing selection of ‘Fastigiata’. It is ideal for a sunny site, has a columnar habit with golden yellow leaves. It will eventually reach a height of 1.5m (5ft) by 60cm (2ft) wide. A useful cultivar for creating an ‘exclamation mark’ in the garden.
T. baccata ‘Elegantissima’: (female) is a popular golden yew, dense-growing, large bush with ascending branches, young foliage gold turning pale green, 3m (10ft) height and spread. A good choice for a golden hedge
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