Yew Tree Sourcing
Taxus Baccata - Yew Tree
Taxus Baccata, English Yew or Common Yew as it is also known, forms a dense, evergreen tree. Its compact, dense foliage creates the perfect evergreen screen and is easy to trim to shape, making it the ideal hedge plant for formal shaping. The English Yew has a deep-green foliage has light green spring growth and small autumnal red fruits for wildlife and added seasonal but are harmful to humans, pets. Yew is often believed to be a very slow-growing hedge plant, but in reality, it generally grows by 20/ 30cm per annum, a much slower shrub than say Cherry Laurel.
At the moment, with shortages of hedging, availability and prices are on request.
What’s the difference between bare root and rootball yew?
Bare root Yews are extracted from fields in late autumn to spring period, when the plants are dormant. They have no soil around the roots and therefore don’t incur the same costs for delivery as the soil is removed from the Yew roots. However, the Yew needs to be planted as soon as possible
Rootballed plants are also dug from the fields between autumn and spring and wrapped and distributed to order.
Why does the price change?
In terms of buying bare root plants, it is purely down to availability, when the supply becomes low, the prices rise so make sure you order yours early or at least put a deposit down for delivery later in the year.
Growing & planting Yew Questions & Answers
How fast does it grow?
Yew growth rate is considered slow but it can be dependant on where it grow and can be the difference between 20 and 40cm per year.
Yew hedges and trees can be planted in most aspects, shade, full shade and full sun although planting in the latter is more stressful for the tree so it needs to be planted in prepared soil and watered in with mycorrhizal fungi.
Yew is usually grown in pots or can be sourced in a rootball or bareroot in the late autumn and winter. Bare-root plants are only available from November to April. Root Balls are available from mid-October to mid-April and is when we recommend ordering.
Where can it be planted?
Yew shrubs can be planted just about anywhere in any soil however; it will perform best in neutral loamy soil so planting with compost / manure.
How should it be planted?
Realistically, the smaller the Yew the closer they can be planted around 3 /4 per meter but if you want to create a Yew hedge, then half a meter apart using Yews 5ft height or above should be fine. Any closer, once established, they will be fighting for root space and water. Planting larger Yew should give you a hedge far quicker but be sure to water it and look after it due to there increased costs.
If you need a team to come and plant the Yews for you, simply let us know and we will quote for the work (distance permitting).
What’s the Fail Rate
All Yew that we sell will be in good healthy condition but it should always be noted that smaller Yew may fail to take up however, with a good planting process of improving the soil and using microrhizome funghi before you plant and watering regularly afterwards should reduce all odds. Click to read the planting tips.
When Planting Yew:
Prepare the soil by mixing in a good amount of compost / manure into the existing soil.
Dig the hole in excess of the size of the pots and fill the holes with water (and allow to drain away before putting the Yew in the ground. Make sure the Yew has been soaked before it gets planted as the stress of the move will dehydrate it. Add microrhizome funghi to the roots and around the hole to aid the ground environment for the roots to grow
Water well during planting and throughout dry periods. Water directly to the base , do not water foliage during very sunny and warm weather as this may burn the foliage as it evaporates.
An Taxus Baccata (English Yew) hedge requires a substantial amount of water in the first couple of seasons, but it should not sit in waterlogged soil. For those who have clay, wet soil, it is important to improve the drainage before planting this hedge plant. Aside for the volume of water needed for healthy growth and development, Yew is easy to grow, resilient, it can adapt to all soil types, particularly alkaline and it's the ideal hedging plant for the shade.
Water during the coolest time of the day, either first thing or last thing, never during the middle of the day in summer. In winter, it is generally wetter and so may not need watering as much.
Make sure you keep the planted area clear of weeds and plants beforehand and continue to weed during the first few years of establishment.
How many do I need?
As a general guide three plants per metre in a single row is perfectly adequate for a new Yew hedge, for faster results you could use 5 plants per metre in a double row for bare root Yews’ and potted Yew hedging up to 90/120cm in size.
How to maintain Yew
It should be trimmed to shape in spring or autumn however, Yew can be trimmed most of the year but avoid times of hard frost. If hard pruning, then early march at least one year after it has been planted.
As the leaves are large and waxy, hedgetrimming can make the leaves look tatty, you want the end result to look good so do it early and give them enough time to recover before summer.
Yew hedging is resilient and be cut back hard if it is needed, just give it a water and feed afterwards.
Yew Hedging in Winter – order our rootballs
Please note that there is a minimum order requirement of five plants for the extra tall root balls due to the specialised delivery required. Due to their extreme size and weight, these hedging plants may need special transportation and so please contact us for more information. These are generally larger Yew shrubs and are again primarily for hedging.
When planting extra tall hedging, there is the chance that, depending on the location, it may not be popular with a neighbour. There is written legislation regarding hedge heights to be problematic between neighbours. The Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 attempts to outline procedure when hedges are adjudged by a neighbour to impact their own house or garden severely; blocking light or restricting views for example. A high hedge is classified as being more than two metres tall and evergreen or semi-evergreen, meaning deciduous hedges such as Beech that are available over 2m are not affected by the legislation. If a dispute should occur, the procedure involves raising a case with the local council, should you not be able to negotiate with your neighbour directly. At this point, the council will investigate and decide based on how much the hedge is deemed to affect the neighbour, whereby they may ask for the hedge to be kept at 2m or below; however, there is the chance for appeal.
Our Main Hedging Prices
Cherry Laurel Shrubs
Prunus Laurocerasus Rotundifolia
- Available in Pots
- Ideal for Hedging
- Prices for 60 - 80cm (2ft) Laurel start from
Photinia Red Robin
- Available in Pots
- Ideal for Hedging
- Prices for 60-80 cm (2ft) Photinia start from
Yew Tree Conifers
- Available in a range of sizes
- Ideal for Hedging
- Prices for 60 - 80cm (2ft) Yew start at