Yew hedge plant (Taxus baccata) description English Yew hedging plants From £ 1.99 | In stock See hedging sizes and prices below or click here English Yew Hedge (Taxus baccata) is the classic British conifer hedge plant, called the King of Hedges. Yew is a dense, dark, evergreen species with bright green spring growth and autumnal red fruits which are much sought after by birds but harmful to humans, pets and livestock. It is often thought to be very slow growing but actually normally grows by 30/40cm pa so not as slow as many people think - but once it reaches its desired height, its easy to maintain. View our full range of conifer hedging plants and our plants for exposed sites. Yew plants needs plenty of water in the first couple of seasons but should not sit in waterlogged soil. If you are concerned that you have clay, wet soil, please improve the drainage when planting Yew. Apart from its requirement for water, its very easy to grow, shade tolerant, very hardy, and likes all soils particularly alkaline - see also our fantastic supply of shade tolerant plants. You can include Yew in a native garden feature to add interesting texture and winter cover. We have a huge range of native plants as fantastic additions to a multispecies hedge. How to plant a Yew (Taxus baccata) hedgePrices shown are the price per plant. Planting distances are very much a matter of choice - for bare roots, 3 plants per metre is adequate, 5 is good, 7 in a double staggered row will give a dense hedge quicker. Generally, smaller plants should be planted at higher density. Cell grown should be planted at 4 per metre in a single row or ideally 6 per metre in a staggered row. Planting densities for pot grown (which vary by pot size) and root ball (which vary by height) are shown below but again you can vary these depending on your budget and level of patience. See also our Advice section on Planting Density on the right hand side of our website. In addition to Yew, include a veriety of colour within your garden with our colourful foliage plants. Yew is also a popular box alternative as it can be trimmed to shape and has small sized foliage. Taxus baccata cell grown, pot grown and instant hedging plants are available all year round. Cell grown and pot grown plants are available all year round. Bare roots are only available from November to late April/early May. Root Ball plants are only available from early-October to late May. Taxus is one of the most accommodating hedging plants and this means in an ordinary year we are able to lift it from the field for you to transplant it in 'rootball' form for 10 months of the year. This assumes of course that the usual aftercare is provided ie lots of water until the plants are established. If you have any questions on this species, please contact us. You can phone us on 01257 263873 (we're here 7 days a week, until 7pm weekdays in peak autumn and spring seasons), email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or if you'd like to speak on the phone but would like us to pay for the phone call (and why not!) then use our Request a Call Back facility. Just put your phone number in the subject area of this email address email@example.com and one of our experienced advisors will call you back within 15 minutes. If the cost of Yew hedging is too much for your budget, you could also consider Lonicera nitida, which has a similar dark-green colour and dense habit (but requires more trimming), or Buxus sempervirens, the classic Box hedge, which will grow much taller than most people realise and has all the slow growing benefits of Yew. Or, for tall hedging, Western Red Cedar is a conifer hedging plant which is easy to maintain. New ranges of topiary, turf, topsoil, ornamental trees and perennial border plants now available - all at free delivery on orders over £100. Discounts Our website automatically discounts all orders other than our discounted packs and some of our larger plants. The larger the order the greater the discount; please see our discount kick in points below. The shopping cart section will also calculate for you how much more you would need to spend to get a higher discount. Just "add to cart" to see how much discount applies. 10% off orders over £2000 7.5% off orders over £1000 5% off orders over £500 2.5% off orders over £250 Root ball English Yew also see root ball discounted packs > Available during the dormant season, plants are field grown and cared for, before being lifted with the root-mass enclosed in a ball of soil protected by a biodegradable, hessian sack. This growing method often produces exceptionally bushy plants which will be a number of years old. Pot grown English Yew also see pot grown discounted packs > Grown and delivered in containers, these English Yew plants are available for year round planting. Instant English Yew hedging / troughs Pre-formed English Yew hedging, delivered in troughs year round, ready to go straight into the ground for instant, impactful effect. Discounted cell grown English Yew also see cell grown discounted packs > The step between pot grown and bare root Yew, these small plants are grown in 'cells', similar to plug plants, and then lifted, wrapped and delivered, year round, ready to go straight into the ground. Discounted bare root English Yew also see bare root discounted packs > Additional Information for Extra small (Buxus sempervirens) Delivery of mature root ball hedgingThe challenge with these huge plants is how we get them to you but we are very experienced in managing this. They are too tall to be delivered by the national network of pallet lorries so each delivery has to be individually planned taking into account the delivery postcode, the number of plants and the height of the plants. There are 2 delivery types - If we can deliver on an articulated lorry, we can divert the lorry from the port in the UK and send it straight to you so that we/you do not incur the cost of the Dutch nursery delivering to us and then us delivering on to you. The prices shown on our website assume this delivery scenario and include delivery at no extra cost to you providing the delivery address can accommodate an articulated lorry - If the delivery address cannot cope easily with an articulated lorry (please don’t say it can if it really cannot – that only leads to enormous grief!), then we take delivery by artic into our nursery and then we send a smaller vehicle (which still has to be quite large to cope with these large plants) to you. In these circumstances, we have to charge you some delivery cost unless you are buying a lot of hedging plants in which case we can absorb the delivery cost in the price. The number of plants that you would need to buy to be eligible for free delivery varies by species, height of plant and delivery postcode It is also challenging to handle the size and weight of these plants on site. You will definitely need some strong people to help unload and to move them from the kerbside to where you are planning to plant them - our lorry drivers can not do this for you. Depending how many plants you are ordering, and the height, we are happy to advise you on how many helpers you will need. For the very largest plants, it is helpful (but not essential if you have enough helpers) to use machinery to move the stock, especially if it is to be moved more than a few metres. Ordering mature hedging plantsIts very rare that customers order these plants online (although it does happen and you can do if you prefer). Usually we find that customers like to discuss their requirements with us so that we are able to explain the size of the plant you are interested in, provide a photograph of the actual stock you would receive, and discuss the delivery options - as well as providing a bespoke quote with a variable discount on larger orders. We can also advise how to plant and care for your mature hedging plants to ensure you are delighted with the outcome. Please do call us (7 days a week) to discuss your requirements. Were on 01257 263873 (were here until 6pm on weekdays in peak autumn and spring seasons) or you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or use our call back system so we pay for the phone call - just put your phone number in the subject area of this email address email@example.com and one of our experienced advisors will call you back within 15 minutes. Plants that have been ordered are 'dug up' so that they are fresh and out of the soil for the minimum number of days before being replanted by you; so please allow a minimum of 7 days between placing an order and receiving the delivery. The nurseries we work with lift plants every day in peak autumn and spring seasons and it is a tried and tested process to get them from Holland to the UK, so even if you have not used this sort of mature root ball hedging plant before, please be reassured that thousands of plants are managed in this way each year. The automated website discounts that we have on our website do not apply to stock over 2m in height because of the need to provide bespoke quotes to each customer - discounts will be individually calculated by one of our experienced sales team. Because root ball lifting involves some inevitable damage to the fine root structure, we strongly recommend that all root balls are re-planted with the RHS endorsed friendly fungi, RootGrow. New ranges of topiary, turf, topsoil, ornamental trees and Perennial Border plants now available - all at free delivery on orders over £50. Law regarding tall hedgesWhen planting extra tall hedging, there is of course the chance that, depending on the location, it may not be popular with a neighbour. There is now written legislation regarding hedge heights judged to be problematic between neighbours. The Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 attempts to outline procedure when hedges are adjudged by a neighbour to seriously impact their own house or garden; blocking light or restricting views for example. A high hedge is classified as being more than 2 metres tall and must be evergreen or semi-evergreen, meaning deciduous hedges such as Beech that are available over 2m are not affected by legislation. If a dispute should occur, the procedure involves raising a case with the local council, should you not be able to negotiate with your neighbour directly. At this point the council will investigate and make a decision based on how much the hedge is deemed to affect the neighbour, whereby they may ask for the hedge to be kept at 2m or below, however there is the chance for appeal. Alternatives to tall hedgingIf you are looking to achieve tall hedging on a budget, a cheaper alternative to buying large 2m+ plants is to buy fast growing hedging. Certain species will grow at a quicker rate than others so if you are looking to create a tall hedge for privacy or aesthetics then it could be worth looking at these fast growing hedges. Species such as Cherry Laurel can grow at a rate of up to 60cm a year so buying a plant that is 150cm means you could have a hedge over 2metres within a year. One concern with fast growing hedge plants is that they may require more care and attention but typically those hedges require pruning once or twice per year. These hedge plants will continue to grow at this quick rate, so it gives you the option to take it as high as your circumstances will allow in the quickest time possible and an affordable price. Get a large hedge for privacy, reduced noise pollution and a home for local wildlife for less.