Cultivated in gardens for hundreds of years, English yew is a variable evergreen tree or large shrub with flat, supple, black-green needles. Its many cultivars range in habit from low and spreading to upright and columnar. Its toughness, adaptability, tolerance of shearing, and red fleshy fruits (on female plants) make it a popular choice for hedges, foundation plantings, or screening. In the eastern United States it is represented in gardens mostly by its hybrid, Taxus x media, which is somewhat more cold-hardy.
This shrub does best in moist, well-drained, acid to slightly alkaline soil. It fares poorly in extreme temperatures. Give it shelter from harsh sun and wind. Deer and self-sown seedlings can be a problem.
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Genus - Taxus
Species - Baccata
Common name - English Yew
Pre-Treatment - Required
Plant type - Tree, Shrub
Vegetation type - Evergreen
Hardiness zones - 6 - 7
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Shade
Height - 0,60 - 15 m
Spread - 0,60 - 9 m
Growth rate - Slow
Leaf / Flower color - Dark Green / --
Soil PH - Acid, neutral, alkaline
Soil type - Loam, Sand, Well Drained
Water requirements - Average water, drought tolerant
Landscape uses - Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
1. Soak in very warm +40-+45C water for 24 hours.
2. Cold stratify for 60 days mixed with moist vermiculite or sterile sand in ziplock bag.
3. Sow seed 5-8 mm deep, keep the soil moist, in partial shade
The seeds can be sown outdoors in the fall or the beginning of winter for natural stratification and spring germination.