Prices include delivery to mainland UK. £50 minimum order. 9/5: Seed orders typically delivered inside a week, plug plants in around 3 weeks.

Yew berries
Yew, Colyton, South Devon
Yew, Wiltshire chalk downland

Yew (Taxus baccata)

Yew, Taxus baccata, is another of those beautiful and charismatic native trees which has a powerful resonance for us today. Slow growing but incredibly long lived, yew has been a tree of mystery and significance from prehistoric days. We're increasingly seeing it grown as a specimen tree and used in woodland planting schemes, as well as for formal hedges. It grows in a range of well drained soils and in part shade, so very adaptable. Like all the native plants we sell, our yew plants are grown in the UK from UK seed. Please scroll down for more information...
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Yew (Taxus baccata)

Yew foliage is very poisonous to livestock, but birds and small mammals love the berries and the trees - or hedging - as a habitat. It doesn't seem to be grown much now as a specimen tree; when looking for a yew people tend to go more for the Irish variety, with its more fastigiate and tidy habit. Yew is an easy tree to grow, forgiving of even the most shady conditions and soils if not wet, although best results for a formal hedge will come if the soil is well prepared. Yew grows at half the rate of other native trees, which can be handy, and like the Ash can change sex from year to year.

History in Britain

The Yew is the most ancient of British trees. Specimens in Wales have been dated back to 4,500 year old, and it has always occupied a unique part of our mythology and culture. Its strange regenerative powers are still not understood, and it can bleed mysteriously. Yew's association with burial sites is pre-Christian, and its tough wood used from time immemorial, most famously for long-bows, for which use it was often planted. Yew woods from all over Europe were decimated to meet the English's insatiable demand for bow staves in the Middle Ages. Yew wood was used for bows from the Neolithic, but also, later, for wine barrels and ship masts; it resists the action of water very well.

Plants For Sale

All our larger Yew trees are rootballed, rather than bare root, and bigger orders are delivered on pallets. We're currently also offering small 4 year old bare root plant too. 

Like all the native trees we sell, our Yews are grown in the UK from UK origin seed.

Suppliers: Perrie Hale Forest Nursery, RV Roger, British Hardwood Trees.

See our planting and size guide for details and tips on planting. Our Yew trees are available for delivery from November until March. During the lifting season there may be up to a month's delay between placing the order and dispatching, due to weather conditions or pressure of orders, which are dealt with in date sequence. Orders for Yews placed between March and September are confirmed in October ready for dispatch from November.

Size

  • Ultimate Height

    15m

  • Ultimate Spread

    10m

  • Time to Ultimate Height

    Over 20 years

Soil

  • Type

    Clay, loam, sand, chalk

  • pH

    Neutral, acid, alkaline

Situation

  • Position

    Sheltered or exposed

  • Sunlight

    Full shade, partial shade, full sun

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