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Taxus baccata 'Repens Aurea' (v) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Conifer or Shrub

Habit

Mat forming

Toxicity

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

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Green in Spring

Foliage

Cream, Green and Yellow in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

10-20 years


Preferred common name

common yew 'Repens Aurea'

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

'Repens Aurea' is a low, wide-spreading evergreen shrub with narrow leathery leaves edged yellow when young, later cream

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. Can be used as ground cover. 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

City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Ground Cover


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