Taxus baccata fastigiata
Taxus baccata fastigiata
Irish Yew

Taxus baccata fastigiata



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Taxus baccata fastigiata is valued for its sculptural form, providing texture and interest across the year in the garden. Its columnar form makes it an excellent visual focus for formal planting in containers flanking doors and archways. In a mixed border, its needle-like, evergreen foliage also provides a lovely foil for summer flowers and variegated foliage.

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.