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Columnar English Yew

Taxus baccata 'Erecta' (= 'Fastigiata')

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Columnar English Yew

Taxus baccata 'Erecta' (= 'Fastigiata')

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Botanical Name

Taxus baccata 'Erecta' (= 'Fastigiata')

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The Columnar English Yew is the perfect tree to create a dramatic year-round accent in shade or sun. It always looks rich and full, and always deep green. It grows tall and slim, and it stays dense and neat throughout its life. Grow it as an accent in shady beds, as a pair to frame a door or entrance, or as a narrow hedge in a confined space. For a very formal look it is easy to trim, but even untrimmed it will look perfect. It grows well in zones 6, 7 and 8. For colder areas choose Hicks Yew, a hardier hybrid plant, or forms of the Japanese yew.

  • Perfect upright column of green with no clipping needed
  • Very shade-tolerant and reliable in difficult spots
  • Grows to 10 feet in 10 years, and ultimately taller
  • Deep-green foliage is always attractive
  • Trouble-free, easy to grow, and long-lived

The Columnar English Yew grows well in almost any kind of soil, except for wet soils with poor drainage. Once established it is moderately drought resistant, but watering during long dry periods is recommended. It normally has no pest or disease problems, and it grows steadily as much as 12 inches a year. This tree has a very long life, becoming more beautiful and handsome as time passes. It needs no maintenance to always look perfect. Every garden needs vertical accents to complete the picture, and this is a top choice for almost any location.

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