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Taxus baccata 'Semperaurea' (m)
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yew 'Semperaurea'

'Semperaurea' is a large, bushy evergreen shrub, eventually wider than tall, with erect branches and dense golden-yellow foliage, tinged orange in winter

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
20–50 years
Ultimate spread
2.5–4 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Yellow
Summer Yellow
Autumn Yellow
Winter Orange
Position
  • Full shade
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or East–facing or North–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H7
Botanical details
Family
Taxaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Potentially harmful
Most parts, especially the seeds, are highly toxic by ingestion. Wear gloves and wash hands after handling
Genus

Taxus are small evergreen trees or large shrubs of rounded habit, with dense, linear leaves, insignificant flowers and, on female plants, conspicuous fleshy red arils surrounding the solitary seeds

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in any well-drained soil. Tolerant of exposure and urban pollution. Slow growing

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings or grafting

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Low Maintenance
  • Hedging and screens
Pruning

No regular pruning necessary, but can be trimmed and shaped when required

Pests

May be attacked by tortrix moth, vine weevil, gall mites and scale insects

Diseases

May be subject to phytophthora root diseases

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