Yew

Taxus bacatta

Yew - Taxus bacatta

Common Name: Yew
Genus: Taxus
Species: bacatta

The Greek translation of the word Taxus refers to the wood of this plant and how it may have been used to make bows.

Category: Trees
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Suitable for growing in containers
Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 10.00 m (1000 cm)
Sun/Shade: Any sun level or shadeSpread: 8.00 m (800 cm)

Foliage Type: Evergreen
Foliage Colour: Green

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Clay/Heavy or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

Evergreen tree or shrub with needle like dark green leaves. All parts except the arils are toxic. Excellent for shaping and topiary. The photo demonstrates how Yew can be trained, here over many years to form a tunnel.