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Taxus baccata ‘Fastigiata’ (Irish Yew)

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One of the world’s most popular conifers, Taxus baccata ‘Fastigiata’ (Irish Yew) is a dense, upright, evergreen shrub of columnar habit when young, becoming more broadly conical as the plant ages. Its stiffly erect branches boast long, radially arranged, dark green needles. This female cultivar produces conspicuous, coral-red seed-bearing cones that contrast beautifully with the foliage. A moderate grower, 6-12 in. per year (15-30 cm), this Irish Yew is ideal for providing year-round structure. Forming a splendid exclamation point in the landscape, it makes a wonderful specimen plant. Perfect for foundations or hedges.

  • Winner of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society for its noteworthy qualities
  • Grows up to 4-10 ft. tall (120-300 cm) and 2-3 ft. wide (60-90 cm) after 10 years; 15-30 ft. tall (450-900 cm) and 4-8 ft wide (120-240 cm) at maturity.
  • A full sun to partial shade lover, this plant is easily grown in evenly moist, well-drained soils. Tolerates full shade as well as a wide range of soils.
  • Perfect as a specimen plant, for foundation plantings, hedges and screens.
  • No regular pruning necessary, but can be trimmed and shaped when required.
  • Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings or grafting
  • Most parts, especially the seeds, are highly toxic by ingestion. The taxine alkaloids contained in yew berries, needles or bark are poisonous.
  • Toxic to dogs, toxic to cats, toxic to horses, toxic to humans.
  • Native to Europe, Atlas Mountains, Asia Minor, Caucauses.

Requirements

Hardiness 7 - 8
Heat Zones 7 - 8
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A3
Plant Type Conifers, Shrubs
Plant Family Taxaceae
Genus Taxus
Common names Yew, English Yew
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 4' - 30'
(120cm - 9.1m)
Spread 2' - 8'
(60cm - 240cm)
Spacing 96" (240cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Full Shade
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Traditional Garden, Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Taxus canadensis (American Yew)
Taxus baccata ‘Standishii’ (English Yew)
Taxus baccata ‘Repandens’ (English Yew)
Taxus baccata ‘Repens Aurea’ (English Yew)
Taxus baccata ‘David’ (English Yew)
Taxus baccata ‘Fastigiata Aurea’ (Irish Yew)

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 - 8
Heat Zones 7 - 8
Climate Zones 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A3
Plant Type Conifers, Shrubs
Plant Family Taxaceae
Genus Taxus
Common names Yew, English Yew
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 4' - 30'
(120cm - 9.1m)
Spread 2' - 8'
(60cm - 240cm)
Spacing 96" (240cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Full Shade
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Hedges And Screens
Garden Styles Traditional Garden, Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard
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