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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 477 reviews, with an average rating of 5 stars. Read all 477 reviews for Yew hedge plants.
Review Summary - 5 out of 5 based on 477 ratings.
April 8, 2021 | Anonymous
Yew hedge plants

The plants were in good condition and exactly what I was looking for.

April 8, 2021 | Andrew Zawada
Yew hedge plants

Good

April 6, 2021 | Anonymous
Yew hedge plants

Excellent

April 2, 2021 | Eric Sharpe
Yew hedge plants

Excellent

March 26, 2021 | Ronald L Hanks
Yew hedge plants

As Above

March 25, 2021 | Anonymous
Yew hedge plants

2.0m plants were a real bonus

February 25, 2021 | Jane O'Nions
Yew hedge plants

The plants were 8 year old root balls, lovely size and very heathy.

February 25, 2021 | Matthew Critchlow
Yew hedge plants

Good size plants, all healthy bare root plants

February 19, 2021 | Anonymous
Yew hedge plants

Very good, healthy yew trees

February 17, 2021 | Mags
Yew hedge plants

They arrived looking healthy and were a good size.We have planted them out and they are thriving.

February 16, 2021 | Anonymous
Yew hedge plants

Good value, strong plants. Taller than described.

February 13, 2021 | Anonymous
Yew hedge plants

As Above

February 7, 2021 | Anonymous
Yew hedge plants

Great product, would buy again

February 6, 2021 | Bruce Watts
Yew hedge plants

All our Yew hedge plants arrived in perfect healthy condition ready for planting.

February 6, 2021 | Anonymous
Yew hedge plants

Excellent now thriving hedge.

February 5, 2021 | Graham Lister
Yew hedge plants

Excellent plants delivered on time.

February 4, 2021 | Anonymous
Yew hedge plants

excellent ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

January 11, 2021 | H DOUGHTY
Yew hedge plants

Excellent

January 8, 2021 | Anonymous
Yew hedge plants

Over all very good plants but just one or two a little bit skinny, but will soon grow.

January 7, 2021 | Anonymous
Yew hedge plants

All plants arrived healthy and in good condition, would recommend and order again if necessary - only problem was with the packaging

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