Yew Hedging Conifers

Taxus baccata, Yew Hedge

Yew Hedging plants are a classic and have been used for centuries as defining features in the gardens of many English country homes. Common Yew also known as Taxus Baccata or English Yew is one of the most popular choices for a formal hedge. Yew hedges have a slow growing nature making then well suited to a formal hedge and even Topiary shapes. Yew Trees remain one of the most popular choices for a hedge with our customers. For more information about Yew Hedges please scroll further down the page.

Yew Hedge Facts

Yew hedges, known for their dense foliage and longevity, are a popular choice for creating formal garden boundaries and privacy screens. Here are some interesting facts about yew hedges:

1. Species: The most common species used for hedging is the English yew (Taxus baccata), but other species like the Japanese yew (Taxus cuspidata) are also used.

2. Longevity: Yews are incredibly long-lived plants. Some individual yew trees are estimated to be over a thousand years old.

3. Growth: Yew hedges can grow in a variety of soil types and conditions, including shade and full sun. They are also relatively slow-growing, which makes them easy to maintain once they reach the desired height.

4. Toxicity: All parts of the yew plant, except for the flesh of the berries, are highly toxic if ingested. This includes the leaves, seeds, and bark.

5. Pruning: Yew hedges respond very well to pruning and can be cut back hard if necessary. This makes them an excellent choice for topiary and formal garden designs.

6. Evergreen: Yew hedges are evergreen, meaning they retain their foliage throughout the year, providing year-round privacy and greenery.

7. Cultural Significance: Yew trees have historical and cultural significance in many parts of the world. In the UK, for instance, they are commonly found in churchyards and are associated with immortality and protection.

8. Wildlife: Yew hedges provide shelter and nesting sites for birds and small mammals. However, due to their toxicity, they are not typically browsed by larger animals.

9. Symbolism: In mythology and folklore, yew trees are often associated with death and rebirth due to their longevity and ability to regenerate.

10. Uses: Beyond hedging, yew wood is valued for its fine grain and durability, historically used in making longbows and furniture.

Yew hedges are a versatile and enduring choice for gardeners looking to create structure and privacy in their gardens.

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Yew Hedging Trees 60-80cm High 10L pot

Yew Trees, Taxus Baccata, ‘English Yew’.

  • Yew Trees are 60-80cm in height.
  • Recommended Planting Density – 2.5 per metre.
  • Slower growing evergreen conifer trees, requiring less maintenance once established.
  • Excellent as a formal hedge and also makes great topiary.
  • Small, dark green leaves and red berried fruits in Winter.
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Yew Instant Hedge100-125cm

Taxus Baccata, ‘English Yew

  • Hedges are 100-125cm in height.
  • Recommended Planting Density – 1 per metre.
  • Slower growing evergreen conifer tree, requiring less maintenance once established.
  • Excellent as a formal hedge and also makes great topiary.
  • Small, dark green leaves and red berried fruits in Winter.
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Yew Hedging Trees 80cm+ High 10L pot

Taxus Baccata, ‘English Yew’.

  • Trees are 80cm+ in height.
  • Recommended Planting Density – 2.5 per metre.
  • Slower growing evergreen conifer tree, requiring less maintenance once established.
  • Excellent as a formal hedge and also makes great topiary.
  • Small, dark green leaves and red berried fruits in Winter.
  • Buy 18 trees for Free Delivery*

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Yew Hedging Trees Rootballed 125-150cm

Taxus Baccata, ‘English Yew’. Rootballed Trees

  • Trees are 125-150cm in height.
  • Recommended Planting Density – 2 per metre.
  • Slower growing evergreen conifer tree, requiring less maintenance once established.
  • Excellent as a formal hedge and also makes great topiary.
  • Small, dark green leaves and red berried fruits in Winter.
  • Buy 12 trees for Free Delivery*

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About our Yew / Taxus Baccata hedging plants.

Yew hedging plants, also known as Taxus baccata are classic hedging plants and have been used for centuries as defining features in the gardens of many English country homes. Yew hedges have stood the test of time and are still a very popular choice for a new hedge. Yew hedges are often considered slow growing, but often grow more quickly than anticipated. At 30cm on average per year, a six-foot hedge can be achieved in an acceptable timeframe. There are advantages to being slower growing! Once your Yew Hedge has reached the desired height and shape it will be much easier to maintain. Yew hedges can be easily clipped with hedge trimmers and are very tolerant of close clipping making them very suitable for topiary. Yew hedges have small, linear, dark green leaves. The male plants produce yellow cones in spring, which give rise to the small, red, seed-bearing fruits on female plants. A Yew hedge will make an excellent feature within any contemporary or traditional setting.

Why Plant a Yew / Taxus Baccata Hedge?

Yew has often been labelled as ‘The King of Hedges’. This must have something to do with the widespread popularity of yew hedges in the many fabulous gardens of Palaces, Country Houses and Stately Homes. This long lived conifer tree makes the most magnificent hedge that will continue to look impressive for decades. Due to its slow growing nature, Yew lends itself beautifully to creating Topiary and elaborately shaped hedges. The small leaves trim very well with hedge trimmers and the slow growing nature make the maintenance of Yew hedges much less of a chore. Yew hedges are tough, resilient and hardy plants and will tolerate most conditions and soil types except waterlogged sites.

Are Yew / Taxus Baccata Evergreen Hedging Plants?

Yew/ Taxus Baccata are fully evergreen conifer trees.

How fast does Yew / Taxus Baccata Hedging grow?

The growth rate for a newly planted Yew Hedge is around 20-30cm per year on average but sometimes quicker. The speed of growth will also vary depending on things such as how well the ground is prepared prior to planting. Has the planting site has been sufficiently decompacted. Are the Yew plants, planted correctly. After planting, are the Yew plants fed and watered regularly. Potted plants will generally establish quicker than rootballed or bare root Yew tress as there is no disturbance to the root system.

How Tall will Yew / Taxus Baccata Hedging Grow?

Yew trees can grow up to 12 metres or more when fully grown so a Yew hedge can be as high as you like really. Yew trees can comfortably be maintained as a hedge anywhere from 1 metre high upwards.

How many Yew / Taxus Baccata Hedge plants per metre?

The spacing of plants in a Yew hedge really is dependent on the size of plants that are being planted as well as the time you are prepared to wait for the hedge to grow and also budget constraints. If using our 10 litre potted Yew hedging plants, then we would recommend planting at 2.5 or 3 plants per metre. We use 3 plants per metre for our Instant Yew hedge grown in 90 litre troughs. This way the plants are just about touching when planted, so giving them space to grow into, but not too much that you are left with big gaps in the hedge. We give a recommendation of the planting density for each plant size on the website. Our recommendations are based on planting at a density that the hedging plants will touch after 1 full growing season. This is only a guideline and please use more plants to reduce this timescale or less plants per metre if you have time to wait.

How do I plant Yew / Taxus Baccata hedging?

Most of the Hedging plants that we sell will require the same planting procedures. We give advice on how to plant a Yew hedge here on our website. https://hedginguk.com/hedging-advice/how-to-plant-a-hedge/

When to plant a Yew / Taxus Baccata hedge?

Our favoured time for planting any hedge is in the Autumn. Our main reason for this is that it requires less work. The plants have started to slow down for the Winter. With little top growth at this time of year, the plants are requiring less water. Normally as we come into Autumn the weather has begun to change and brings with it, a fair amount of rain. The volume of rain is normally sufficient for us to turn the watering off almost completely on the nursery until Spring. The soil temperature is usually still warm enough for the plants to start making new roots after planting. With any luck, any Autumn planted hedging has a good chance of having enough roots established to be off the mark quickly come Spring with very little work.

Of course, if you are buying and planting bare rooted or rootballed Yew hedges then this is really only available from Autumn through to Spring anyway. If you are planting potted yew hedges then the planting season is extended and planting can take place outside of this timeframe. Obviously, any Summer planted hedges will require more effort (watering) to ensure success.

When to trim a Yew / Taxus Baccata hedge?

We trim our Yew hedges 2 times a year on the nursery. We generally do this Late Winter/ Early Spring, then once in the Summer. Sometimes, if necessary or we miss the Summer trim we do them again in the Autumn. However when planted in the garden as a hedge Yew can be trimmed once a year. Yew hedges will tolerate hard pruning if the hedge has grown wider or taller than desired. Trimming your Yew hedge more frequently will require less work each time and less trimmings to dispose of.

Can you hard prune a Yew / Taxus Baccata hedge?

A Yew hedge is very tolerant of hard pruning. If your hedge has grown too wide or taller than desired then there is a very good chance it can be restored with a hard prune. Hard pruning is best carried out in late Winter before the new growth starts to come through. If undertaking a very hard prune, (back to the main stems) then we would recommend to just do one side of the hedge in one season and the other side of the hedge the following season. This will limit the amount of stress imposed on the plants at any one time whilst also leaving some cover on the remaining side retaining some privacy and protection whilst the hard pruned side recovers.

How to trim or cut a Yew / Taxus Baccata hedge?

A Yew hedge is easily cut or trimmed using hedge trimmers. Very closely clipped Yew hedges and hedges with elaborate designs and shapes are often closely clipped with handheld hedge shears.

Feeding a Yew / Taxus Baccata hedge?

We would recommend at least one annual feed for your Yew hedge. Slow releasing feeds are generally considered best as they provide a steady release of nutrients over a longer period of time. The best time to feed a Yew hedge is in the Spring just as the new leaves come through. On the nursery we would follow this up with a late Spring feed and also at least one feed in the summer.

What type of soil and conditions will a Yew / Taxus Baccata hedge grow in?

A yew hedge prefers a moist but well drained soil and a sunny or partially shaded position. However, Yew hedges are very versatile and will grow in most reasonably fertile soils and will even tolerate chalk soils. They will not grow in very wet sites or waterlogged soils. Yew hedges will grow in full sun or partial shade, although they will grow quicker the more sun they receive.

Are Yew / Taxus Baccata hedges easy to maintain?

Being a slower grower of all the hedging plants we grow and sell. Yew hedges will be one of the easiest hedges to maintain with just an annual trim. However as they lend themselves so well to being shaped as topiary hedges, many creative gardeners use Yew to create some fantastic and sometimes unusual hedges. These more creative creations will always look their best with regular trimming throughout the growing season.

Do you grow Instant Yew / Taxus Baccata Hedges?

We do grow Instant Yew hedges here on the nursery in 90 Litre troughs. Our Yew instant hedges have 3 plants per every metre of hedge. The root systems of the 3 plants are all knitted together to form a continuous 1 metre strip of hedge. The top part of the hedge will have been trimmed numerous times to create more density and to encourage the plants to knit together as a hedge.

What Yew / Taxus Baccata hedging plants do you have for sale?

We grow a range of sizes of Yew hedging plants for sale here on the nursery. We grow potted Yew hedging plants, mainly in 10 litre pots. For more immediate impact, we also grow our Instant Yew Hedges in 90 Litre troughs. The instant hedges come in 1 metre lengths but do require 2 strong people to lift them.

Do you grow your own Yew / Taxus Baccata hedging Plants?

All the Yew hedging plants that we sell are grown outside here on our nursery in Holmeswood, Lancashire producing robust plants that are quick to establish.

Are Yew / Taxus Baccata Hedging plants poisonous?

The short answer is yes. All parts of Yew hedging, including leaves and berries are toxic to Humans, Livestock and animals if injested. If the hedge to be planted is in the vicinity of livestock, pets or very small children where there is a chance that the foliage or berries of the hedge could be eaten by mistake, then we would suggest planting an alternative species of hedging such as Elaeagnus Ebbingei, Griselinia Littoralis or Photinia Red robin which have no toxic effects reported. We grow and sell thousands of Yew Trees every year and are not aware of any problems arising from any of our customers after planting a Yew hedge in close proximity of either pets or young children. We would however suggest that after pruning your Yew hedge that all the material that is cut from the hedge be collected up and disposed of in green waste bins rather than composting at home.

Growing Advice

  • Yew Hedge Planting Distances – Single row. 2 – 3 plants per metre
  • Evergreen Conifer Tree
  • Features: Forms a Dark Green formal hedge, Easy to maintain, long-lived
  • Likes: Full sun or partial shade. Tolerant of shade
  • Suitable for Hedges: 1 – 5 metres
  • Soil Preference: Any soil (except waterlogged)
  • Unsuitable for: Very wet soils
  • Average Growth rate: Slow – Medium 30 cm per annum
  • Trimming: Summer and Autumn
  • The leaves and the fruit can be harmful to humans and animals if eaten.

All our Yew Hedging plants are container grown and will have a fully intact and undisturbed root system. They will establish quicker than root-balled plants with fewer losses as there has been no disturbance to the root system.

Further Info

Although Yew hedging is often considered slower growing it often grows more quickly than anticipated. At 30cm on average per year, a six-foot hedge can be achieved in an acceptable time frame. The advantage of this is that once your Yew hedge has reached its desired height it is much easier to maintain. A Yew hedge will tolerate very close clipping and also has the ability to regenerate green growth from older wood. An overgrown Yew hedge can often be restored with hard pruning in late Winter/ early Spring. Yew will form a dense hedge with small, linear, dark green leaves. The male plants produce yellow cones in spring, which give rise to the small, red, seed-bearing fruits on female plants. Yew Hedges are easy to grow and are tolerant of many different soils and conditions with the exception being waterlogged sites. Yew will make an excellent feature as a formal hedge within any contemporary or traditional setting.

Yew hedges offer several benefits, including privacy: one of the most common reasons for planting a Yew hedge is to create a natural barrier for privacy. The dense foliage of the hedge provides a natural screen, blocking out unwanted views and noise. Yew hedges are often used for their ornamental value. They can be pruned into a variety of shapes and sizes, making them a versatile addition to any landscape. Yew hedges also provide year-round colour and interest with their evergreen foliage, they can serve as a security feature by providing a physical barrier that can deter intruders.

In areas with high winds, Yew hedges can act as a windbreak, protecting gardens and other plants from damage. The dense foliage of Yew hedges provides a habitat for a variety of wildlife, including birds and small mammals. Like all plants, Yew hedges absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, helping to improve air quality. Yew hedges have a long lifespan and can provide a lasting addition to any landscape. For more information on finding the best hedge plants, check out our article.

Yew Hedge Plants

Yew hedges are a classic choice for a formal hedge, Yew hedges are slow-growing and will typically only grow around 6 to 12 inches (15-30cm) per year. They can reach up to 20 feet (6 metres) in height and 10 feet (3 metres) in width, but can be kept much smaller with regular maintenance trimming. Yew plants have dark green, needle-like foliage that is soft to the touch and being evergreen, the foliage remains on the plants year-round, providing year-round privacy and screening. Yew hedges prefer partial shade to full sun and prefer a well-draining soil. Yew plants will tolerate a variety of soil types, including clay and sandy soil, however they will not tolerate very wet or waterlogged sites.

When trying to establish any newly planted hedge, regular watering in the early stages is key to enabling successful establishment. Although Yew hedge plants don’t like wet feet during the Winter months, they don’t like it being too dry during the Summer either. For this reason, a moist but well drained soil is optimum for growing a newly planted Yew Hedge. As the hedge establishes it will become more tolerant of drier Summers as the root system extends much deeper and wider year on year.

The best time to prune Yew hedges is in late winter or early spring before the new growth for the season appears. Pruning helps to maintain the shape and size of the hedge and encourages healthy new growth. Yew hedges are very tolerant of trimming and are most suitable for use as topiary as they can be pruned into a variety of shapes, including cones and spheres.

When it comes to maintenance, due to their slow growing nature a yew hedge will require less trimming than many other faster growing species of hedge plants. To encourage more new growth in the first year after planting, we generally recommend feeding the new plants with an organic fertiliser at least a couple of times through the growing season. Ensuring the yew hedge has sufficient water during this period will also increase the amount of growth achieved.  All hedges should be regularly inspected for pests and diseases. If you notice anything unusual of if the plants appear unwell then further investigation is always recommended. The most common problems with Yew plants typically relate to water issues and either being too wet in Winter or too dry in Summer. Yew hedges make fantastic garden borders and formal hedges and topiary. Their slow growth and evergreen foliage make them a classic choice for traditional gardens.

Yew Hedges and Yew Plants from Hedging UK

A friendly and family-run business, Hedging UK is a specialist grower of Yew hedges and high-quality hedging plants. All of the pot grown plants are raised outdoors on our own production nursery in Holmeswood, Lancashire. Our hedging plants are carefully grown and nurtured to ensure they will look fantastic when planted on your property. Hedging UK is committed to improving the quality of our plants year on year. We trial different variations of growing techniques to understand what works best for individual species. We believe planting more hedges will help improve the environment whilst also offering many more desirable benefits at the same time.

Just a few of our customers include, garden designers, property developers landscapers, garden centres, tree surgeons and private individuals. If you would like more information on any of the Hedging plants that we grow, please contact our knowledgeable staff right away for more details.

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