Yew is a large evergreen shrub of rounded habit with dense, linear, leathery dark green leaves arranged in two rows on the shoots. The flowers are insignificant; conspicuous fleshy red berries appear on female plants in autumn. Traditionally, yew was planted in churchyards to protect livestock from these poisonous berries, and to preserve the wood that was prized for making bows.
Clipped yew looks fantastic against a wall or along a terrace. Keep in a pot or plant directly in the ground. Particularly useful for adding structure to an informal garden or parterre, and for creating winter interest. Adds depth to a mixed topiary display.
Clipped into a globe.
Available in three sizes:
- Small – pot size 24cm, plant dia:30cm (approx.)
- Medium – pot size 30cm, plant dia:40cm (approx.)
- Large – pot size 42cm, plant dia:55cm (approx.)
Other sizes and shapes are available in store, including yew hedging plants.
Common Name: English Yew, Common Yew
Hardiness: Fully hardy to –20°
Height and Spread: 1200cm x 800cm, over 20–50 years (if not clipped)
Preferred Soil Type: Any well-drained soil; will tolerate dry soils and urban pollution
Aspect: Any aspect
Position: Sun, partial sun or shade, sheltered or exposed
Flowering Period: Spring
Care: Prune throughout the year
*Most parts, especially the seeds, are highly toxic by ingestion*