Taxus bacatta

Yew, Iúr

Price: €11.95

Yew makes an excellent hedge that is hardy, evergreen and perfect for clipping or topiary. Yew is a long-lived conifer with dark green needle-like foliage, reddish bark and red berries, and is 1 of only 2 conifers native to Ireland (the other being Scots' pine). It can grow to be a magnificent tree, or be clipped into any shape or size. The berries and foliage are poisonous, which is why it was traditionally planted in graveyards (they are one of the few places surrounded by walls). Tolerant of many conditions, including light shade and dry soil (once established). For a hedge, plant 2-3 plants per metre and keep weeded at the base whilst establishing. Sturdy Irish-grown plants 50-80cms tall in 5L containers. (A)