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Yew

A hardy evergreen that that can live for thousands of years.
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£6.95

Yew

Taxus baccata

Yew is an evergreen with needle-like leaves. It’s a popular garden plant for topiary and as a hedge plant and provides structure, especially in winter. Its male and female flowers are produced on different trees with female flowers developing into interesting berry-like fruits. The seeds are enclosed in a red, fleshy, berry-like structure known as an aril which is open at the tip.

Estimate full grown height: 20 metres, but its height can be controlled by pruning. Yew trees grow an estimated 20-40cm each year.

Please note: The foliage and seed coat of yew contains highly toxic alkaloids. The aril (fleshy red part) is not toxic.

Value to wildlife: Yew fruits are an important food source for birds as well as mammals like dormice. It’s a food plant of caterpillars of the satin beauty moth, which is more common in southern parts of England and Wales.

Preferred soil type or environmental conditions: Tolerant to shade and severe weather so it is a good plant to fill areas of the garden where other species may not flourish.

UK sourced and grown: Every sapling that we provide is UK sourced and grown to minimise the risk of importing and spreading tree pests and diseases. Seeds are collected and stored in the UK, and they are all coded and batched so that we can track each individual tree.

Learn more about this species on our yew profile.

Yew

Taxus baccata

Yew is an evergreen with needle-like leaves. It’s a popular garden plant for topiary and as a hedge plant and provides structure, especially in winter. Its male and female flowers are produced on different trees with female flowers developing into interesting berry-like fruits. The seeds are enclosed in a red, fleshy, berry-like structure known as an aril which is open at the tip.

Estimate full grown height: 20 metres, but its height can be controlled by pruning. Yew trees grow an estimated 20-40cm each year.

Please note: The foliage and seed coat of yew contains highly toxic alkaloids. The aril (fleshy red part) is not toxic.

Value to wildlife: Yew fruits are an important food source for birds as well as mammals like dormice. It’s a food plant of caterpillars of the satin beauty moth, which is more common in southern parts of England and Wales.

Preferred soil type or environmental conditions: Tolerant to shade and severe weather so it is a good plant to fill areas of the garden where other species may not flourish.

UK sourced and grown: Every sapling that we provide is UK sourced and grown to minimise the risk of importing and spreading tree pests and diseases. Seeds are collected and stored in the UK, and they are all coded and batched so that we can track each individual tree.

Learn more about this species on our yew profile.

Planting information: As a rough guide, trees are usually planted at around 2m intervals but please take into account the final size of the tree and be aware of buildings, services and other plants nearby to ensure that damage cannot occur from the roots and canopy as the tree grows.

Oct-Feb - This is the best time of year for planting trees and your sapling is dormant, as long as it is kept free from frost and wind as well as being kept moist and in light conditions then it will last a few weeks before planting.

Mar-Sept - Your sapling is growing fast and will need planting as soon as possible. Planting it immediately will ensure it does not dry out, lose nutrients etc.

On-going care requirements: Once planted, your tree will need some care and attention for a few years; this will mainly be weeding around the base to reduce the competition for nutrients and ensuring your tree has enough water. For more information about caring for your trees, click here.

Delivery information: Free delivery is available for all tree orders but please allow up to 7-10 days for your delivery to arrive. You will receive a cell grown sapling, ranging from approximately 15cm-60cm in height. Please be aware that depending upon the time of year you receive your sapling (particularly early spring) it may not look very perky upon arrival, please do not worry once it has been planted it should pick up quickly. 

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