Yew Hedge Plant (Taxus baccata) Description
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.
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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 range of hedging plants for shade. 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.
As an alternative use for Yew to hedging, we also stock Taxus baccata topiary balls in a variety of sizes. Yew is a classic hedging plant for topiary with some of the most established gardens home to incredible topiary shapes formed by Yew. From castles to stately homes and even mature household gardens, Yew is the perfect plant to be clipped into topiary shapes due to its fine, densely needled habit and can provide a classic sophistication to your outdoor space. See our full range of Topiary for more information.
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.
Ordering mature extra tall hedging plants (2.5m +)
It's 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. 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. 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.
Extra Tall Root Balls - Minimum Order Quantity and Delivery
Please note that there is a minimum order requirement of 5 plants for the extra tall root balls due to the specialised delivery required. Due to their extreme size and weight, these hedging plants need to be transported via articulated lorry and require a forklift to remove from the truck and into place for planting. These products are indicated by a forklift icon on the listings.
Law regarding tall hedges
When 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 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 hedging
If 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 2 metres 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.
How to plant a Yew (Taxus baccata) hedge
Prices 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.
In addition to Yew, include a variety 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.
For more information on planting distances please see our planting density advice section
General hedge trimming should be done twice a year, once in early June and again in late September. It is important to prune at the right time, so as not to remove new growing shoots.
is available on all orders providing they meet the minimum spend criteria for the size of box or pallet. Pallet deliveries and large box deliveries for tall plants are indicated by icons on the product table listings. Delivery costs and minimum order details for each packaging type are as follows:
|Packaging Type||Standard Delivery Charge||Minimum Order Values (incl VAT) for FREE Delivery|
|Small Box (Bare Roots up to 1.2m)||£12 delivery charge (orders up to £60 incl VAT) ||Orders of £60 and over - FREE|
|Box (Pots up to and incl. 7.5L)||£12 delivery charge (orders up to £100 incl VAT) ||Orders of £100 and over - FREE|
|Large/Tall Box (Tall bare roots 1.2m +)||£18 delivery charge (orders up to £120 incl VAT)||Orders of £120 and over - FREE|
|Pallet (Root balls, large pots, trees etc)||£60 delivery charge (orders up to £240 incl VAT)||Orders of £240 and over - FREE|
There are some exceptions to the standard delivery pricing structure, which relate to deliveries to more remote areas, overseas, or extremely tall plants requiring specialist delivery - for more information see the Delivery Information Page It's Quick!
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