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Yew hedge plant (Taxus baccata) description
English Yew Hedge (Taxus baccata) is the classic British conifer hedging plant, called the King of Hedges. Yew is a dense, dark evergreen with bright green spring growth and autumnal red fruits which are much sought after by birds but harmful to humans, pets and livestock. It is often thought to be very slow growing but actually normally grows by 30/40cm pa so not as slow as many people think - but once it reaches its desired height, its easy to maintain. Yew hedging needs plenty of water in the first couple of seasons but should not sit in waterlogged soil. If you are concerned that you have clay, wet soil, please improve the drainage when planting Yew. Apart from its requirement for water, its very easy to grow, shade tolerant, very hardy, and likes all soils particularly alkaline.
How to plant a Yew hedge
Prices shown are the price per plant. Planting distances are very much a matter of choice - for bare roots, 3 plants per metre is adequate, 5 is good, 7 in a double staggered row will give a dense hedge quicker. Generally, smaller plants should be planted at higher density. Cell grown should be planted at 4 per metre in a single row or ideally 6 per metre in a staggered row. Planting densities for pot grown (which vary by pot size) and root ball (which vary by height) are shown below but again you can vary these depending on your budget and level of patience. See also our Advice section on Planting Density on the right hand side of our website.
Cell grown, pot grown and instant hedging plants are available all year round. Cell grown and pot grown plants are available all year round. Bare roots are only available from November to late April/early May. Root
Ball plants are only available from early-October to late May. Taxus is one of the most accommodating hedging plants and this means in an ordinary year we are able to lift it from the field for you to transplant it in 'rootball' form for 10 months of the year. This assumes of course that the usual aftercare is provided ie lots of water until the plants are established.
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If the cost of Yew hedging is too much for your budget, you could also consider Lonicera nitida, which has a similar dark-green colour and dense habit (but requires more trimming), or Buxus sempervirens, the classic Box hedge, which will grow much taller than most people realise and has all the slow growing benefits of Yew. Or, for tall hedging, Western Red Cedar is a conifer hedging plant which is easy to maintain.
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