Yew (Taxus Baccata)
Yew is commonly known as the king of the hedges and is the classic British hedge And with that title you can guess it’s native to the UK!Yew is a dense, dark, evergreen species 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 plants do need plenty of water in the first couple of season but should not sit in waterlogged soil.
General hedge trimming should be done twice a year, once in early June and again in late September. It is important to prune at the right time, so as not to remove new growing shoots.
So why choose Yew?
Although Yew is the most expensive species we sell (because it’s so slow growing it takes years longer in the nursery to reach a decent height than most other species of hedging plant) it’s an aspect that’s worth thinking about for those investing in an important hedge (prestige properties for example). Take a look at Hampton Court Palace and their spectacular display of established Yew trees…
Often old hedges get a bit neglected and they can get too thick or full of weeds. Not every species of hedging plant will recover from a very hard prune (by which we mean cutting back the width by up to 50%). We would recommend an expert is hired if your hedging needs severely pruning.
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