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It has to be yew, wonderful yew !


By hank


Unless of course “yew” guys think differently ? ( and can be bothered to reply once again ! )
I was riding my bike yesterday as is my wont, some 6 miles from home when I went past what I thought was the perfect hedge along the front of a house. It was about 4ft tall, 2 ft wide – and there was a chap on the drive.
I screeched to a stop and had a word with him. He told me it was taxus baccata, easy and quite quick to grow – almost a foot a year, easy to keep in check, that I should plant 5 plants a metre and that planting from now until January would be ideal.
The only thing I didn’t ask was whether to buy bare rooted plants or in pots. When I got home I happened to be reading the daily paper and Peter Seebrook just happened to just happened to be writing about, and recommending yew. A remarkable co-incidence !
Your opinions would be very welcome( including bare roots or pots ), and if you say "definitely not " then it’s back to the drawing board for me !

Taxus baccata

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Yew makes a beautiful hedge. We planted one in the front of our house a couple of years ago (as did a neighbour), and both hedges are now almost 4' tall. They're both doing well and filling in nicely. We planted bare root plants in early April. The RHS site says to plant Sept-Oct or Mar-April. Unfortunately, I don't have any photos at the moment.

I'd say go with it. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

12 Oct, 2014


Fantastic for topiary and extremly longlived........check out Britains oldest trees

12 Oct, 2014


easy to trim too. Go for it. If you can get bare root then they are much cheaper and you can get different sized plants.

12 Oct, 2014


Thanks guys, I hoped you'd agree with my choice. Now to find the place to buy them

13 Oct, 2014


Just seen this.......did you have a Yew Hedge in the end?

10 May, 2016

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