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Yew: hedge and topiary tree

Yew: hedge and topiary tree

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The common yew is known to be a very attractive hedge conifer.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Taxus baccata
Family : Taxacea
Type : Conifer

: up to 16 m
Exposure : Sunny to shade
Ground : ordinary, well drained

: Persistent

Yew is appreciated as a tree for its evergreen, dense foliage with a certain finesse.

Plant a yew

The common yew is a conifer and is usually planted as a hedge, and thisfrom the start of autumn, but it can also be planted up tomonth of March-Aprill outside of frost periods.

In isolation, it is a tree that can grow in size, so care must be taken when planting that it has room to develop.

  • The common yew likes rather sunny or slightly shaded situations.
  • The yew likes well-drained soils.

After planting your yew, it is advisable to water regularly for 2 years to facilitate rooting and therefore recovery.

Yew hedge:

In hedge, think carefully about the height of pruning in order to determine theyew planting distance!

Respect a distance of 80 cm to 1 m for a classic hedge of about 1.80 to 2 m high.

Yew size

The yew is a tree that likes to be pruned and can even be shaped as a topiary.

If no pruning is done, the yew can grow up to 20 tall for larger species.

For a yew hedge, you will choose thewaist height you want and the thickness.

  • The size of the yew takes place inend of summer or toearly spring.
  • A good pruning end of August in itself will guarantee perfectly controlled growth.

Thespring pruningis done in rising sap andaccelerates the growth of yew of the tree. Since the yew is a fairly slow growing tree, this solution is sometimes preferred when it comes to a hedge.

  • Also find our hedge trimming advice

Yew maintenance

Watering the yew:

The if is not a very demanding tree in terms of maintenance or watering, but nevertheless deserves some attention, especially at the beginning.

  • Water regularly after planting, during the first 2 years.
  • Then water in case of prolonged drought and only if you see your yew in pain.

Yew diseases:

The yew tree is fairly resistant to most diseases and fungi and can live for several hundred years or more.

  • If some branches turn brown and die, they should be removed and burned as you go.

To know about the yew

Native to Europe and North Africa, yew is well known for forming evergreen hedges, but it has also often been used as an ornamental tree in gardens.

Ideal for those passionate about topiary art, it can be modeled wonderfully and its longevity and robustness make it an interesting alternative to the famous boxwood, more often ill.

He is also renowned for being a formidablewindbreak ready to withstand all storms but also toprying eyes.

Attention, the yew is a poisonous plant,its berries are absolutelynot edible and all parts of the tree are involved.

Smart tip

Yew is an advantageous replacement for boxwood when fearful of the borer, for example, but also Provence cypress for faster growth.

Read also :

  • All about hedges: persistent, varied and flowery

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