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Other common names
English yew common yew
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
T. baccata is a medium-sized bushy evergreen tree with narrow, leathery, very dark green leaves arranged in two rows on the shoots, and insignificant flowers followed on female plants by fleshy red fruits
Europe, W Asia
Toxicity Most parts, especially the seeds, are highly toxic by ingestion
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect South-facing or North-facing or West-facing or East-facing
Exposure Exposed or Sheltered
SoilChalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Higher than 12 metres
wider than 8 metres
Time to ultimate height
Grow in any well-drained soil. Will tolerate exposure, dry soils and urban pollution. Good specimen plant for topiary and hedging
Propagate by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Hedging & Screens Low Maintenance
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
May be subject to phytophthora root diseases
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