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Yew hedge plants

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Taxus baccata Hedging

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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.

  • 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)
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Yew hedging (Taxus baccata) description

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.

Popular uses for Taxus baccata

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.

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)

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.

Care and pruning advice for Yew (Taxus baccata) hedging

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.

Yew hedge problems

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.

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 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.

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Yew hedge plants reviews

We ask all customers to provide their opinion to an independent feedback company. We cannot edit which comments appear and which do not, so the following reviews offer a true representation of our customers experience and we are very proud of our huge number of Excellent reviews. The comments on this page apply to this species/product specifically - to see the full feedback from all customers please visit Best4Hedging's Feefo profile.

Feedback for Yew hedge plants has been compiled from 112 customer reviews

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Yew hedge plants

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Plants appear to be healthy,of reasonably uniform size with good roots - cannot comment further untll next year when ( hopefully) they start to grow
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Yew hedge plants

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Beautiful plants well packaged and delivered on a pallet by a really helpful driver,right to where I wanted them.
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Yew hedge plants

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Easy and helpful to order over the phone, prompt delivery, good quality plants as far as I can tell today. Some relatively minor damage in transit due to very high density packing but some over delivery items so no harm done.
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Good healthy-looking plants
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Service on line and customer service was good - this is the third time I have been back - as service and plants are have all Been consistently good
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Yew hedge plants

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Good service
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Yew hedge plants

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good quality and shape
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Yew hedge plants

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Good plants, will make a nice hedge
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Very good plants,well grown and sturdy
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Great
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