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(Taxus baccata) Yew

The Taxus baccata Yew is a dense, medium-sized, native evergreen with narrow and leathery dark green leaves. Its bright red fruits are attractive to birds in winter but harmful to humans, pets and livestock. It is quite slow growing (15/30cm) per year so once it reaches its desired height, it is easy to maintain. Yew needs plenty of water in the first couple of seasons (ideally a leaky pipe system) but should not sit in waterlogged soil. Apart from its requirement for water, its very easy to grow, shade tolerant, very hardy, and likes all soils particularly alkaline.