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What is Yew Hedging?

Yew hedging probably adds more value than any other formal hedge. Practically every classic formal garden uses Yew for its large boundary and interior hedges. 
An unusual conifer with red "berries", Yew has deep green, dense foliage that is easily clipped into precise sides, corners and curves, perfect for hedges and topiary.

  • Uses: Hedges from 100cm upwards, good for topiary or as a specimen.
  • Good Points: Clips beautifully, evergreen, native, bomb-proof, adds value to your property, regrows from old wood, disease free.
  • Position: Anywhere there is drainage.
  • Growth: 30cm per year until the top is clipped, then much slower.

How many Yew hedge plants do I need?

The standard planting density for your bareroot and potted yew hedge plants is 3 plants per metre (every 33cm) in a single row.
2 plants per metre (every 50cm) is fine for interior, ornamental hedges if you don't mind waiting a while for them to join up.

What size Yew hedge plants should I buy?

  • If you are not in a hurry to get a full sized Yew hedge, we recommend starting with smaller sizes: up to 60cm tall.
  • If you are in a hurry and need instant impact, or are filling gaps in an existing hedge, then of course pick the biggest size that fits your budget.

Smaller plants are cheaper, easier to plant, and tend to establish better because they are dug up with most of their roots intact.
You can also clip them attentively and ensure a very bushy plant from the base up.

Your Yew plants are delivered by mail order direct from our nursery, along with expert advice, friendly support, plus our bareroot Guarantee, and Free Returns on all plants, so you can give them a whirl with complete confidence.

Browse our full range of Hedging Plants, our other formal hedge plants, all evergreen hedging, or have a look at our Ornamental Shrubs.


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If Beech is the Queen of formal hedges in traditional British stately gardens, then Yew is the King (which probably makes Box an Earl of some kind). 

Grown as a tree, it develops beautiful ridged bark and a wide spreading habit, so evocative of ancient churchyards, and great for wildlife.  

Are Yew Berries Poisonous?

Almost every part of Yew is poisonous, apart from the red flesh of the "berry" around the seeds. These "berries" are in fact highly modified conifer cones containing only one seed. 

The red flesh tastes fine, but has a slimy texture.

The seeds themselves are poisonous if chewed - if you swallowed one whole, it would pass through you.

Honestly, there are much nicer fruits to try in the garden, so we do not recommend trying them: leave them for the birds. 

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