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Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata' (f) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Conifer or Shrub

Habit

Columnar/Upright

Toxicity

Most parts, especially the seeds, are highly toxic by ingestion

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Yellow in Spring

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Fruit

Red in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

8-12 metres

Ultimate spread

2.5-4 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

Irish yew

Family

Taxaceae


Taxus are small evergreen trees or large shrubs of rounded habit, with dense, linear leaves, insignificant flowers and, on female plants, conspicuous fleshy red arils surrounding the solitary seeds

'Fastigiata' is a large, bushy, upright evergreen shrub, columnar when young, later broader, with erect shoots bearing radially arranged, dark green leaves

Other common names

  • blue John
  • court yew
  • Florence Court yew

Synonym(s)

  • Taxus baccata 'Hibernica'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade
  • Full shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in any well-drained soil. Often found in church yards. Tolerant of exposure and urban pollution

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings or grafting

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Hedging/Screens, Low Maintenance or Architectural


How to care

Pruning

No regular pruning necessary, but can be trimmed and shaped when required

Pests

May be attacked by tortrix moth, vine weevil, gall mites and scale insects

Diseases

May be subject to phytophthora root diseases