TAXUS (YEW)

(E = evergreen)

Taxus baccata (English yew), very seldom planted as a screen but makes an excellent hedge, sturdy, solid and evergreen. Up to 15 ft. A long-lived plant, tolerant of chalky soil and wind, its main requirements are good drainage and a well-prepared site. Plant seedlings 1-1/2 to 2 ft. apart in October or April, when they are about 1ft. high.

Yew is not as slow growing as it is reputed to be if it is well mulched with rotted leaf mould or compost and watered well during the first two or three summers. The plant is poisonous to cattle. The foliage seems to thrive on close clipping, and famous topiary work has been carried out in clipped yew. Trim annually in August.

English: The cones and leaves of the English y...

English: The cones and leaves of the English yew or European yew (Taxus baccata). Magyar: A közönséges tiszafa vagy tiszafenyő (Taxus baccata) porzós tobozai és levelei. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

23. November 2012 by Dave Pinkney
Categories: Conifers, Plants & Trees | Tags: , , | Comments Off on TAXUS (YEW)

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