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Taxus spp.

Taxus cuspidata fruits by Alpsdake (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


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Yew Overview

The genus Taxus is also known as Yew, it contains around 9 species of hardy, slow-growing, evergreen, coniferous trees or shrubs. Originating from forests across temperate climates, this genus is found from the Philippines to Central America. They are typically grown for their attractive, often peeling red-brown bark, linear, dark green foliage and attractive, but toxic, fleshy red berries. This genus is well planted as hedging or groundcover, with some species popular in topiary and most tolerating high levels of urban pollution, dry soil and exposed positioning.

How to propagate Yew


Propagate by seed sown in autumn or spring (but forms selected for leaf colour do not come true).


Evergreen current growth cuttings in autumn to spring. Deciduous softwood cuttings in summer.

Special features of Yew

Hedge plant

Other uses of Yew


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