Taxus baccata fastigiata
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- Pot size: 3L
- Height and Spread: 1.5m (4ft 9in) x 50cm (20in) after 5-10 years
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Also called Irish Yew or Hiberican Yew, Taxus baccata fastigiata was found in County Fermanagh in 1780, thought to be a mutant form of Common Yew. Decoding the name unlocks the plant: fastigiata means the branches grow parallel to the trunk, baccata means the plant bears berries. A recipient of the RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit), for all round excellence in the garden.
Flowers: In autumn the female Yew tree produces fleshy red fruits, beloved of birds, called arils
- Well drained fertile soil
- All aspects
- Full sun, partial shade
This tolerant tree demands little or no attention as long as it is not in damp, heavy soil. It is unlikely to need pruning.
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