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common yew 'Standishii'
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
Taxaceae / Taxaceae
'Standishii' is a dense, columnar, slow-growing medium-sized evergreen shrub with erect branches clothed in spreading, rich yellow leaves
Toxicity Most parts, especially the seeds, are highly toxic by ingestion
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Aspect South-facing or North-facing or West-facing or East-facing
Exposure Exposed or Sheltered
SoilChalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Grow in any well-drained soil. Tolerant of exposure and urban pollution. Slow growing
Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings or grafting
Suggested planting locations and garden types
No regular pruning necessary, but can be trimmed and shaped when required
May be attacked by tortrix moth, vine weevil, gall mites and scale insects
May be subject to phytophthora root diseases
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