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Yew hedge plants

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If you buy a yew hedge, you will give your garden a stylish frame. There are many reasons for designing a hedgerow with yew trees: they are evergreen, easy to clean, cut-friendly and show a high site and soil tolerance. For this reason, these conifers have been popular for centuries for enclosures and garden art. The beautiful, dark green or golden yellow needles and their dense growth make them ideal hedge plants. In addition, a yew is compatible to shade and can – depending on the variety – grow quite high.

Thanks to its smooth, homogeneous surface, a yew hedge can be used very well architecturally: if you want to create a "green wall", you are well advised to make the most of a hedge of tall yew trees. Even topiary is possible with these shrubs since they tolerate any pruning action and grow quite slowly.

Buying Yew Hedges – The Best Varieties from Lubera

The yew is a hedge plant that combines many good qualities. Yew hedges not only provide privacy and protection from the wind and sun, but due to their dense growth they are also an ideal retreat for birds and small animals.

Take a look at our diverse range of yews, which includes hedge plants for different uses!

• The native Common Yew (Taxus baccata) is the classic hedgerow. It grows quite wide and is ideal for tight, formal hedges that can grow up to 6 metres in height. But even as a low shape hedge this variety is perfect.

• The yew 'Hillii' grows between 3 and 5 metres tall and grows more in height than in width. The male Taxus media 'Hillii' bears no berries and forms short, wide needles. It is very suitable for narrow hedges of medium height, it is tolerant to frost and hardy; it can also be shaped well. Compared to Taxus baccata, however, it does not grow quite as densely as a hedge plant.

• The green pillar yew 'Fastigiata' can be used especially for narrow plantations and reaches 1 to 2 metres in height.

• The dwarf yew 'Nana' is suitable for low hedges that are about 50 centimetres high.

   
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Columnar Irish yew

Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata Robusta'

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Common Yew

Taxus baccata

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Common yew, 5 plants, height: approx. 50 cm

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Dwarf yew

Taxus cuspidata Nana

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English Yew 'Fastigiata Goldstar'

Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata Goldstar'

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English Yew 'Fastigiata Sibirica'

Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata Sibirica'

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English Yew 'Golden Crown'

Taxus baccata 'Golden Crown'

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English Yew 'Golden Nugget'

Taxus baccata 'Golden Nugget'

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English Yew 'Hicksii'

Taxus media 'Hicksii'

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English Yew 'Schwarzgrün'

Taxus baccata 'Schwarzgrün'

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English Yew 'Westerstede'

Taxus baccata 'Westerstede'

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Golden Irish yew

Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata Aurea'

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Soil and Location

A yew is relatively undemanding in terms of location; it should just not be subject to waterlogging. Basically, it likes calcareous, slightly loamy soils, but also copes well in light and slightly acidic soils. Strongly acidic peat soils are not well tolerated – in this case, you should carry out soil improvement measures before planting. A yew is a coniferous woody plant with a high tolerance to shade. Furthermore, yews do not mind getting dry.

Yews have a deep root system, but also penetrate the topsoil with their fine roots.

What Should Be Considered in a Hedge Planting with Yew Trees?

If you want to buy a yew hedge, you should pay attention to the specified growth width for the variety of your choice. This determines the distance to the neighbouring property. If the space is rather small, the yews Taxus media 'Hillii' (no fruits) or 'Hicksii' (with red fruits) could be considered, for example. These yew trees are a cross between the native yew and the Asian yew (Taxus cuspidata). They have an upright habit, so that the future hedge may theoretically be medium to tall in height, but not too wide. Columnar types are also good for narrow hedges. Among them, varieties with warm needle colour shades are available:

• The yellow 'Fastigiata Aurea' variety is also suitable for small gardens with its very slender growth. The final height is about 5 metres.

• The golden yellow 'Fastigiata Goldstar' has a taut, upright habit, growing 5 metres high, but only about one metre wide.

Note before buying yews that they are poisonous! If you have children or you are grazing livestock around the house, always use caution.

The Right Planting Distance

If you buy a yew hedge, you can plant the shrubs quite close together. Here are a few rules of thumb:

• If the plant height is 30-40 cm when buying the common yew, a planting distance of 30 cm should be chosen. If it is slightly larger – 40-100 cm – the planting distance is about 50 cm.

• With the yews 'Hicksii' and 'Hillii' the planting distance should be about 30 cm, with a plant size of 30-50 cm.

• In the case of columnar varieties, the planting distance should always be about 30 cm.

Planting a Yew Hedge

The optimal season for planting yews is in the spring. This allows the hedge plants to have enough time to root before the winter. Water your yews before planting. Prepare the hedge area with stakes and a string. If necessary, you can mark out the planting holes beforehand. If you cover a large area with anti-weed fabric, cut it crosswise at the planting holes. If you have many plants, it may make sense to dig a complete trench instead of digging individual planting holes. Do not plant too deeply: the hole should be about as deep as the root ball is high. Underneath, you should loosen up the soil a bit, so that the yews can root well. The excavated soil can be mixed with horn shavings, compost or conifer fertiliser. After planting you should water again well. In addition, around the root area of ​​each yew, you can form a watering rim made of soil so that the water seeps into the vicinity of the plant. Alternatively, the soil can also be mulched. After planting, yews need a relatively large amount of water – but if they are a bit older, the soil should not be permanently wet.

Yew Hedges – Care & Pruning

Yews have a high regenerative capacity. The trees can basically be cut during the entire garden season. As a care measure, it is sufficient to examine the hedge in the spring for frost damage – all frozen branches should then be removed. However, so that your yew hedge also remains shapely (square), it should be pruned regularly. Prune in March and then possibly a second time in August / September. If possible, only cut the yew hedge on frost-free and sun-free days so that the yew will recover well and quickly.

Winter Snow

In particular, Taxus media 'Hicksii' is a bit sensitive when heavy snow loads on it. So that the plants do not fan out, you should remove a thick layer of snow as a precaution.

Beware: Yews Are Poisonous

Before you buy a yew hedge, you should know that all parts of the yew are poisonous except for the pulp. However, in the seeds of the fruits the poison taxine is contained, which is released when chewed. With children, but also when farm animals graze near the hedge, caution is required. The yew leaves should be removed after a trimming the hedge.

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