English Yew hedge plants (Taxus baccata) are known as the King of Hedging. With dark-green, conifer foliage that is easily trimmed and has a slow growth rate, this is an ideal hedging choice for shaping formal displays. Yew hedge plants create a dense, evergreen canvas, which works wonderfully as a privacy screen hedge or to reduce noise. Taxus baccata is one of the few native, evergreen hedging species.
A classic British conifer, Taxus baccata, or English Yew as it is more commonly known, creates an attractive, native screen that looks striking when trimmed into formal shapes or organic curves. The dark foliage of Yew hedging is scattered with fleshy red fruits in the autumn, which prove very popular with a variety of wildlife. Yew hedge plants 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.
English Yew is perfect for creating very neat, formal hedging, as well as sweeping curves and unusual shapes, such as cloud pruning. Ideal if you’re looking for hedge plants for shaded sites, and a great option when faced with awkward positions, tolerant of any soil, except very wet conditions. Taxus baccata makes a fantastic privacy screen, blocking both noise and wind, whilst providing a striking, dark-green backdrop for colourful plants and shrubs in the garden.
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.
Yew hedging is renowned for being slow growing; however, it does actually maintain an average growth rate of 20-40cm a year, reaching a good height at 2m - 4m.
Yew (Taxus baccata) hedge plants require plenty of water in the first few years whilst 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. Take a look at our Hedging Care Advice page for further information.
All of the plants we supply are fresh and healthy speciemens, however being a living thing means that sometimes problems can occur. You'll see below a list of the issues which can affect Yew.
Phytophthora – A large genus of microscopic pathogens, often described as a fungus, and though they resemble a 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 larger 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 the soil drainage with grit or land drains. Remove and destroy all infected plants and replace topsoil in 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 cause the most damage over autumn and winter when they feed on the plant roots.
Symptoms –The larvae are around 5-10 mm long, a 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 serious 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.
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 each individual plant species and root type. You can find out more information about calculating planting density here.
Yew hedge plants are sold as: root balls, which are 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 huge amounts of horticultural know-how, though now and again it is necessary to source Yew from specialist nurseries abroad, where we make certain that the quality is of the very highest standards. At Best4hedging, we continuously strive to deliver the freshest plants of utmost quality, whilst maintaining competitive prices, to ensure you can buy Yew hedge plants with confidence from our nursery in Lancashire.