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Taxus baccata

To swap with Nick

This grower is sure of this plant identification.

Have many tiny yew seedings thanks to leaving a tub of compost under a massive yew tree - they are very small and will take a long time to get big but you're welcome to have some if you have any interest!

Plant Size
3cm × 1cm

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Plant Finder: about Taxus baccata

Common names

Yew, Yellow berried yew, Common Irish yew, Irish yew


Taxus baccata (Yew). This is a slow-growing evergreen conifer which has been a foundation planting in formal gardens for generations. This native tree is often kept clipped and grown as a tall evergreen hedge.


They are fully to frost-hardy and will tolerate a wide range of conditions, which include heavy shade and chalky soils. However, they will grow well in rich soil that is well drained and has full sun exposure. Watch out for the poisonous leaves and seeds. Prune in late summer.

Interest and use

Banks, hedging, specimen. Year-round interest.

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Taxus baccata | London, SW16 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020
  • LightFull sun, Part shade or Shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -23°C)
  • SoilClay, Sandy, Chalky
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

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    I'd be interested in swapping hardy perennials, shrubs, grasses and ground cover for some of our more awkward sloping spaces. Happy to come and dig-out larger donations if you have unwanted shrubs. At the moment we have many fairly young specimens and lots of empty space, so am mainly relying on donations and vigorous growth to fill the gaps...

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