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Taxus baccata | 1L

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An evergreen British classic

Coming from the latin taxon bow and bacca berry, taxus baccata is a horticultural and historical phenomenon, and a favourite here at Primrose, being tolerant of pruning, slow growing and highly adaptable. Also known as English Yew, the tree is a haven for birds thanks to evergreen branches and red winter berries, but most notable for its pinnate needle-like leaves with a raised central vein.

Yews can commonly be found growing in churchyards, but actually predate most churches, being one of the longest lived trees. It is probable that churches are located at formerly pagan shrines worshipped by the ancient britons. The tree's wood's mechanical properties make it perfect for bow making, and would have been used by English and Welsh longbowmen, so much so that supplies of timber were nearly completely exhausted by the end of the medieval period.

Variety Information

  • Habit: Round
  • Foliage Colour: Green
  • Features: Evergreen, Produces Cones
  • Supplied As: 1L Pot
  • Height on Arrival: 20cm
  • Growth Rate: Slow
  • Eventual Height & Spread: 2m x 1m (6.4ft x 3.2ft)
Aside from adding structure and greenery to a garden, conifers are wonderfully easy to grow. Their growth and output will likely be fine providing you follow our planting and care instructions. Below we address some common query topics:

  • Hardiness: Conifers can be found growing in far colder regions than the UK and therefore the UK’s mild winters will not affect your tree.
  • Position: Conifers make an excellent choice for shady areas of the garden, but do benefit from full sun.
  • Soil Types: Soil types can remain an unwelcome confusion as many plants will adapt to their conditions. Nevertheless, less than ideal conditions will hinder their growth. Waterlogged soils will starve your conifer of oxygen, which plays a key role in photosynthesis, causing its roots to rot and creating the perfect environment for disease.
  • Planting in Pots: Conifers do well in pots and benefit from slightly acidic soil, so using a mix of ericaceous and garden soil is recommended. With upright varieties, opt for a square pot, as high winds can topple your plant.
Conifers trees are easy to grow. Their growth and output will likely be excellent providing you follow our planting and care instructions. Below we address some common query topics:

  • Hardiness: Conifers can be found growing in far colder regions than the UK and therefore our mild winters will not affect them.
  • Position: Conifers make an excellent choice for the shaded parts of your garden, but they will also appreciate full sun.
  • Soil: Soil types can be an unwelcome confusion as many plants will adapt to their conditions. Nonetheless, less than ideal conditions will certainly limit your conifer’s growth. Waterlogged soils will starve them of oxygen, which plays a key role in photosynthesis; causing their roots to rot and creating an optimal environment for disease. Similarly, compressed soils can starve a tree of oxygen and water, so do not compress their soil.
  • Pots: Conifers do well in pots and benefit from slightly acidic soil, so we advise you use a mix of ericaceous and garden soil. With upright varieties, opt for a square pot, as high winds can cause your conifer to topple over.
More Information
Deciduous Or Evergreen Evergreen
Common Name Yew
Features Evergreen Trees, Winter Interest Plants
Is Collection/Mix? No
Needs Ericaceous Compost? Yes
Species Yew Trees
Stem/Bark/Cane Colour Brown
Type Yew
Eventual Height 2m-4m
Eventual Spread 1m-2m
Foliage Colour Green
Growth Habit Round
Supplied As 1L Pot
Type Ornamental Trees
Latin Name Taxus
Shop By Category Ornamental Trees

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