The English Yew is a stunning tree, known for its longevity, on average it is thought to live around 600 years, but there are some older specimens that are believed to be between 2000-4000 years old.
Taxus baccata tree trunks grow to a wide diameter with mature tree trunks hollowing. Leaves are small and dark green, almost needles in shape with an average length of 2-4 cm and a width of 0.3 cm. The leaves look as though they grow in rows either side of the stem, however they are whorled with a spiralling branch. Seeds grow individually in arils, which are a red, fruit-like shells with an open end, giving added interest to these trees. Taxus baccata grow in a conical shape, getting broader with age. The RHS has given this tree an Award of Merit.
These Taxus baccata are available in various forms, including clear steam, as individual feathered hedging plants and elements.
For topiary shapes; see the Yew topiary shapes we have available.
Ideal Conditions: Grows well in all conditions, prefers well-drained soil
Maximum Height: 20 metres