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The King of Hedging; English Yew. Yew hedging, also referred to by its Latin name Taxus baccata, boasts stunning dark-green, conifer foliage that is easy to maintain and trim, and has a slow growth rate. Yew is the perfect hedge plant for shaping formal displays. If you’re looking to create a dense, evergreen hedging display that can also transform into a privacy screen hedge, or be used to help reduce noise, Taxus baccata is worth considering.

Scroll down to learn more about English Yew hedging or contact best4hedging today on 01257 261 243.

  • Best Features: Evergreen foliage, year-round interest, slow growing for easy maintenance, RHS Hedging
  • Ideal For Hedges:  1m-4m high
  • Growth Rate: Slow to Average | 20-40cm a year
  • Position: Any normal soil (or dry if watered), sun to full shade, exposed inland
  • Also Consider: For species with dense foliage, similar to Taxus baccata, try Portuguese Laurel (Prunus Lusitanica)

*Please note, 1 bare root = 1 Yew plant, not a bundle of plants.

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Taxus baccata Hedge Plant Description

Taxus baccata or English Yew is a classic British conifer hedge plant. Yew creates an attractive, native screen that looks striking when trimmed into formal shapes or organic curves. The dark foliage of a Taxus baccata plant is scattered with fleshy red fruits in the autumn, which prove popular with a variety of wildlife. Yew work equally as well planted for aesthetic purposes in a garden, or used for landscape hedging, due to the traditional appearance and tough nature of these hedge plants.

Popular Uses for Taxus baccata

If you’re looking to create a perfectly neat, formal hedging, as well as sweeping curves and unusual shapes, for example, cloud pruning, Yew is ideal and will enable you to achieve your perfect landscape design. Also, Yew is perfect if you’re limited to sunlight, as this hedge plant is great for shades sites and a fantastic option when faced with awkward positions. Taxus baccata is tolerant of any soil type except for extremely wet conditions. Not only does Yew hedging make an effective privacy screen, but it also acts as a barrier for noise and wind, so ideal for urban areas. Aside from its extraordinary features, English Yew provides a striking, dark-green backdrop for colourful plants and shrubs in the garden.

Combine Yew Hedge Plants With

Yew hedging looks brilliant when planted alone; however, plants such as Viburnum or Rose can provide a colourful, visual texture when interplanted with Yew, and can soften the sometimes harsh shape. 

Growth rate of English Yew (Taxus baccata)

Taxus baccata hedging is renowned for being slow growing; however, it does maintain an average growth rate of 20-40cm a year, reaching a good height at 2m-4m.

Care and Pruning Advice for Yew (Taxus baccata) Hedging 

English Yew hedge plants require plenty of water in the first few years while establishing; however, they cannot tolerate wet feet. Yew hedging is low maintenance with no regular pruning necessary, although it does take well to trimming when required. Please take a look at our Hedging Care Advice page for further information.

Common Yew Hedge Problems

All the hedging and plants we supply at best4hedging are fresh and healthy, and well looked after our nurseries. However, being a living specimen means that sometimes problems can occur. Below is a list of common issues that can affect Yew.

Phytophthora – A large genus of microscopic pathogens, often described as a fungus, and although they resemble fungi, they are distinctly separate. A disease associated with heavy and waterlogged soils, Phytophthora will attack and kill the roots of Taxus.

Symptoms – Above ground, the foliage will turn a dark matt green or brown. These are symptoms indicative of poor water uptake, as the roots are progressively destroyed, and could be mistaken for drought or honey fungus. Below ground, smaller roots will have rotted away and more extensive roots will appear blackened and will be soft and easily broken. As this is a microscopic pathogen, there will be no visible signs of its presence.

Natural Control – Improve soil drainage with grit or land drains. Remove and destroy all infected plants and replace topsoil in the immediate vicinity if practical to do so – plant with less susceptible species, (see Appendix II). There is no effective chemical control for Phytophthora in the soil.

Vine Weevil (larvae) (Otiorhynchus sulcatus) - Vine weevil is a beetle that attacks a wide range of plants, but it is the larvae that causes the most damage over autumn and winter when they feed on the plant roots.

Symptoms –The larvae are around 5-10 mm long, creamy white colour with tan-brown heads, they live in the soil and eat the fleshy young roots in autumn and winter. This can result in wilting and death of the plant.

Natural Control – To control the larvae use the microscopic nematode Steinernema kraussei which is available from garden centres. This tiny creature invades the body of the grub and kills it. For best results, water into the soil in August or September when the soil temperature is still warm enough for the nematode to be effective (5-20ºC) and before the vine weevil grubs have grown large enough to cause severe damage.

Chemical Control – There are no chemical control methods available for application to the soil around plants, though a product containing acetamiprid is available for pot grown plants.

Recommended Planting Density for Yew (Taxus baccata)

For specific information on the planting density of Yew hedging, please see the product table below. In the 'No. Per Metre' column, you will find our recommended plant density for individual plant species and root type. You can find out more information about calculating planting density here.

Yew hedge plants are sold as; root ball hedging which is available to plant between autumn (usually October) and spring; bare roots which can be planted from November through to late April/early May (depending on the season) and pot grown or cell grown plants, which are available to buy year-round.

Most of our Taxus baccata plants are grown in Britain by hedging professionals with vast amounts of horticultural know-how. Although, now and again, it is necessary to source Yew from specialist nurseries abroad, where we make sure that the quality is of the very highest standards. At best4hedging, we continuously strive to deliver the freshest plants of the utmost quality while maintaining competitive prices, to ensure you can buy Yew hedge plants with confidence from our nursery in Lancashire.

Showing 20 of our total 562 reviews, with an average rating of 5 stars. Read all 562 reviews for Yew hedge plants.
Review Summary - 5 out of 5 based on 562 ratings.
May 22, 2022 | Anonymous
Yew hedge plants

Problem with some of first lot but replaced with no quibble

May 21, 2022 | Anonymous
Yew hedge plants

Ordered bare root Yew hedge and was of excellent quality at a very good price. Would use again.

May 15, 2022 | Anonymous
Yew hedge plants

Whilst some of my bare roots did not grow and went brown the company replaced them without any argument.

May 14, 2022 | christine
Yew hedge plants

bare root yew for hedging

May 10, 2022 | Anonymous
Yew hedge plants

As Above

May 9, 2022 | ChrisK
Yew hedge plants

Wilted, with brown tinges to the leaves.

May 9, 2022 | terence kidd
Yew hedge plants

Excellent

May 6, 2022 | Anonymous
Yew hedge plants

Health roots good condition

May 5, 2022 | Anonymous
Yew hedge plants

Yew hedge plants (in pots) were in very good condition on arrival and seem to be doing well in their new location.

May 5, 2022 | Anonymous
Yew hedge plants

Bare rooted plants usually settle easily here & I have grown several hedges from scratch, but these arrived in a dry state & are definitely struggling despite planting out the day after delivery & watering.. They jury is out as to whether they will survive.The unit price was good, the communications also, along with the packaging. The plants arrived inside a huge box wrapped in black plastic bag but were very dried out - whether that was before despatch or due to being delivered 24 hours later than estimated? I ordered 20 plants, received 19 & about 8 are looking decidedly unwell/virtually dead - only time will tell if they can recover..

May 2, 2022 | Anonymous
Yew hedge plants

The quality of the yew hedging was first class, all 100 bare root plants were in excellent condition on arrival and were packaged well.

April 25, 2022 | Anonymous
Yew hedge plants

Healthy plants in good condition

April 24, 2022 | Jim
Yew hedge plants

As Above

April 24, 2022 | Anonymous
Yew hedge plants

Excellent quality arrived on time

April 24, 2022 | John Crabb
Yew hedge plants

Good condition, good quality and good size

April 23, 2022 | Anonymous
Yew hedge plants

My review was for the purchase - one set of content for everything.

April 22, 2022 | Anonymous
Yew hedge plants

Plants were in good condition on arrival.

April 21, 2022 | Anonymous
Yew hedge plants

Really pleased with them.

April 21, 2022 | Anonymous
Yew hedge plants

Yew bare root hedging. Took a few days before I got round to planting, but seems to be doing fine.

April 19, 2022 | David Whittingham
Yew hedge plants

Excellent

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