Benefits and Maintenance Tips for Yew Hedges: Creating Lush and Evergreen Boundaries with Yew Plants


A yew hedge is a great way to create privacy and add structure to your garden. Yew hedges have been popular for centuries, and for good reason. They are tolerant of different types of soil and weather conditions, making them a versatile choice for any garden.

The yew hedge, also known as Taxus baccata, is a slow-growing evergreen that can reach a height of 8-15ft. It is often planted in 3-4ft intervals, which means it takes several years to establish a hedge. However, the wait is worth it, as yew hedges can live for hundreds of years.

Yew hedges are known for their dense growth and neat, compact appearance. They can be shaped into different forms, such as cones or rectangles, and are often used to create topiary trees. Their dark green foliage and long, yellow-brown needles make them a visually striking addition to any garden.

One of the main advantages of yew hedges is their wildlife-friendly nature. The dense foliage provides excellent shelter for birds and other small animals, while the red berries that appear in autumn are a valuable food source. Yew hedges are also a favorite nesting place for birds, who appreciate the protection and security they provide.

Yew hedges are relatively low maintenance and can tolerate a wide range of soils and weather conditions. They prefer well-drained soil and should be planted in a trench that is at least 70cm deep. Adding compost to the soil can help improve drainage and provide the yew hedge with essential nutrients.

In conclusion, yew hedges are a popular choice for gardeners for many reasons. Their neat and compact growth, tolerance to different soils and weather conditions, and wildlife-friendly nature make them an excellent addition to any garden. Whether you want to create privacy, shape your garden, or attract wildlife, a yew hedge is a versatile and attractive choice.

Yew Hedge

The yew hedge is a type of hedge that is commonly used for various reasons. It is known for its dense and evergreen foliage, which makes it great for providing privacy and acting as a windbreak. Yew hedges are also popular for their low maintenance needs and long lifespan.

Yew hedges are hardy and can withstand a wide range of weather conditions, including extreme cold and heat. They are also disease-resistant, making them a reliable option for any garden. Yew hedges are slow-growing, which means they will require less frequent trimming and shaping compared to other hedge types.

When planting a yew hedge, it is important to consider the size and height you want to achieve. Yew hedges can grow anywhere from 3-4ft to 165-180cm in height, depending on the variety and growing conditions. Some common types of yew hedge include Taxus baccata, Taxus hicksii, and Taxus media ‘Hicksii Aurea’.

Yew hedges can be grown from bare-rooted plants or root-balled plants. If you are planting them yourself, you will need to dig a trench and ensure the soil is well-drained. Yew hedges prefer slightly acidic soil, so it is recommended to use ericaceous compost when planting. It is also important to keep the area around the hedge clear of weeds and grass.

Yew hedges are wildlife-friendly, attracting birds and small mammals to your garden. However, it is worth noting that yew berries are poisonous to humans and pets, so caution should be taken.

Care and maintenance for a yew hedge are relatively simple. Regular watering, especially during dry spells, is important to keep the hedge healthy. Pruning should be done in late winter or early spring to maintain its shape and size. It is recommended to wear gloves when handling yew as the sap can cause skin irritation.

In conclusion, the yew hedge is a popular choice for many gardeners due to its dense foliage, low maintenance needs, and long lifespan. With the right care and attention, a yew hedge can become a beautiful and reliable addition to any garden.

Taxus Baccata

Taxus Baccata, also known as Yew Hedge, is a common evergreen tree that is often used for hedging and topiary. It is a slow-growing tree, with a neat and low-maintenance growth habit, making it a popular choice for creating formal and attractive hedges.

  • Growing up to 10ft+ (300cm+), Yew Hedges can be shaped and maintained at various heights.
  • They are hardy in most weather conditions and can tolerate different soil types, although they prefer well-drained soils.
  • Yew Hedges are known for their hardiness and disease resistance, making them a great option for screening and shaping.
  • They can be grown in pots or directly in the ground, and require little maintenance.
  • Yews should be planted 30-40cm (12-16 inches) apart and in a trench 70cm (28 inches) wide and 100-120cm (40-48 inches) deep.

One of the most popular Yew varieties is Taxus Baccata ‘Hicksii’, which can grow up to 6-65ft (1.8-20m) in height. It has a narrow and columnar shape, making it a great choice for smaller gardens or when space is limited. Another popular variety is Taxus Baccata ‘Aurea’, which has golden-yellow foliage.

Yew Hedges are also a beneficial habitat for wildlife, providing food and shelter for birds and other animals. They can also serve as a windbreak and help to reduce noise pollution.

When planting a Yew Hedge, it is important to prepare the soil by adding compost or mulch to improve drainage and fertility. Water the plants regularly during dry periods, especially in the first few years after planting. Yew trees should be pruned once a year to maintain their shape and remove any dead or diseased branches.

In summary, Taxus Baccata, or Yew Hedge, is a hardy and versatile tree that can be used for creating formal hedges, topiary, and screening. Its slow-growing nature and low-maintenance requirements make it a popular choice among gardeners. With proper care and maintenance, Yew Hedges can become a beautiful addition to any garden landscape.

Taxus Baccata David

Taxus Baccata David is a low maintenance evergreen plant that is commonly used for hedging. It is a variety of Taxus Baccata, a species of yew hedge that is known for its dense and bright green foliage. The David variety has a narrow, upright growth habit and can reach a height of 165-180cm (5-6 feet).

One of the pros of Taxus Baccata David is its low maintenance requirements. It has a slow growth rate, so you don’t have to worry about frequent pruning. It can also tolerate various soil types and pH levels, as well as both sun and shade conditions. However, it prefers well-draining soil and partial shade.

When planting Taxus Baccata David, it is important to prepare the soil properly. Dig a trench that is 30-40cm deep and wide enough to accommodate the root ball. Mix organic matter, such as compost or well-rotted manure, with the soil to improve drainage and fertility. Place the plant in the trench, making sure that the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface. Backfill the trench with soil and firm it gently with your foot.

After planting, water the hedge thoroughly and apply a layer of mulch around the base. This will help retain moisture and suppress weeds. Keep the soil moist, especially during dry periods, but avoid overwatering as it can lead to root problems. Taxus Baccata David is also more cold-tolerant than other yew varieties.

One thing to keep in mind is that all parts of Taxus Baccata, including the David variety, are poisonous if ingested. Therefore, it is important to keep them away from children and pets.

In conclusion, Taxus Baccata David is a great choice for a low maintenance hedge. It has a narrow and upright growth habit, making it suitable for small gardens or as a boundary plant. Its bright green foliage adds a touch of elegance to any landscape. Whether you choose to plant it for its ornamental value or for its privacy benefits, Taxus Baccata David is a reliable and attractive option.

Tips for Growing Taxus Baccata David:

  • Plant in well-draining soil
  • Provide partial shade
  • Water regularly, especially during dry periods
  • Apply mulch to retain moisture and suppress weeds
  • Keep away from children and pets due to its poisonous nature

Please note that the information provided here is for general guidance only. It is always advisable to consult with a professional before starting any gardening project.

Taxus Media Hicksii

Taxus Media Hicksii, commonly known as Yew Hedge, is a popular evergreen species that is widely used for hedging and topiary purposes. It is a slow-growing tree that can reach a height of 6-65ft (180-200cm+) with a spread of 2-3ft (60-90cm).

Hicksii yew is known for its neat and bright foliage, which makes it a great choice for creating formal hedges. It has a dense growth habit and can be easily shaped into desired forms. The dense foliage also provides good privacy when used as a hedging plant.

One of the main reasons for the popularity of Hicksii yew is its tolerance to a wide range of growing conditions, including cold weather. It can withstand harsh winters and is considered to be one of the most cold-hardy yew species. Hicksii yew is also tolerant of various soil types, as long as they are well-draining.

When planting Hicksii yew, it is recommended to space the plants with a spacing of 2-3ft (60-90cm) in order to allow for proper air circulation and prevent diseases. The planting hole should be at least 2ft (60cm) wide and deep, and should be backfilled with a mixture of soil and organic matter. It is important to water the newly planted yew hedge regularly, especially during dry periods.

Hicksii yew is a slow-growing species, so it requires less maintenance compared to other fast-growing hedges. Once established, it only needs to be pruned once a year in late autumn or early spring to maintain its desired shape. It is important to remove any dead or diseased branches during pruning.

It is worth mentioning that the foliage and seeds of Hicksii yew are highly poisonous if ingested, so caution should be exercised when planting it in areas frequented by children or pets. Furthermore, the yew hedge can provide a valuable wildlife habitat, attracting birds that feed on its seeds.

In conclusion, Taxus Media Hicksii is a popular yew hedge species that is grown for its neat and bright foliage. It is a slow-growing plant that is tolerant of cold weather and various soil types. For a formal, dense hedge or topiary, Hicksii yew is an excellent choice.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.