Rootballed Yew, Large Hedge Plants

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General Info RHS AGM, Wildlife Value
Shade Full Shade, Full Sun, Partial Shade
Area Coastal Areas, Exposed Windy Areas, Frost Pockets, Scotland & The North
Soil Good, Well Drained, Acidic, Alkaline/Chalky, Poor/Dry
Type Evergreen, Hedging, Native
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SIZES 1-5 6-1920-99100+
100/125 cm Rootballed Out of Stock £36.96Out of Stock£31.08Out of Stock£30.48Out of Stock£29.88
140/160 cm Rootballed Out of Stock £76.20Out of Stock£69.96Out of Stock£68.40Out of Stock£66.96
  Prices include VAT(where applicable)



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Taxus baccata: Large Rootballed Yew Trees, Ideal for 'Instant Hedging'

These large rootballed yew trees are the largest sizes that you can order from us. They are the nearest thing you can get to an instant yew hedge. They can also be planted singly as specimens. For smaller plants, have a look at our full range of yew hedging.

Yew is an extremely hardy and disease resistant native tree. Its lush evergreen needles clip beautifully into a formal and functional privacy hedge that should add value to any property's garden. Unlike other conifers, it produces red, berry-like "fruit" instead of cones in early winter.

Grown as a tree, it will reach between 10 and 20 metres depending on how much it spreads, but probably not in any of our lifetimes. Old trees have attractive, rusty-brown bark that flakes off, providing housing for insects.

Browse our evergreen hedging plants, our full range of hedging, or our trees.

Delivery season: Rootballed Yew hedge plants are only delivered during winter (November-March) and will be delivered on a pallet.

Choosing a size: With big, comparatively expensive plants like these rootballed Yew, it's really up to your budget to decide which size you want. Smaller trees are cheaper, easier to handle and more forgiving of less than ideal aftercare, so they are best for a big planting project. If instant impact is your priority, or if you are only buying a few plants for use in a place where it is convenient to water them well in their first year, then you may as well use bigger ones.
All our rootballed trees are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots aren't measured).


  • Height: 10-20m as a tree
  • Clips beautifully into a formal evergreen hedge
  • One of the best hedges for adding value to a property
  • Soil: Any well-drained, shade-tolerant
  • Native
  • Edible fruit: always spit out the seeds!
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Bareroot delivery only: November-March

Growing Yew

Yew will grow in any well-drained soil, and it tolerates deep shade.

A yew hedge can be clipped and pruned hard if necessary: it makes new shoots from old wood, so recovers from mistakes with shears and trimmers.
Neglected yew hedges that have been allowed to become sparse can be cut back hard to encourage dense new growth. You can do this in one go, but if you have time then it is best to do it in chunks over two or three years, so that new shoots have time to develop from the bottom of the trunk.

Spacing Rootballed Yew plants in a hedge: These large Yew plants have quite wide rootballs, so they should be planted 60-75cms apart along the hedgerow.

Did You Know?

In the age of our animist ancestors, the Yew tree was a god of death and rebirth. It lives for thousands of years, growing in the darkest heart of the forest and on freezing mountain slopes. Old yew trees tend to spread outwards and slump a bit as their heavy branches pull open their centre, often creating a thick, wide evergreen canopy quite close to the ground. As the original, main trunk gradually splits apart and rots away, these low branches can root where they rest on the soil, thus resurrecting. It is easy to imagine clans of Stone Age humans constructing homes under them, perhaps using the long, low, rigid branches as ceiling beams, sheltering from the late Autumn winds and fending off famished bears. The sacred quiet beneath the oldest Yews was a place of reverence. It housed the wizened, gnarled face of the god itself: a massive, brooding creature that did not suffer cold or time. The red flesh of Yew's fruit was a nourishing treasure to our ancestors in winter, but anyone who bit down on the seed inside could have been paralysed and possibly killed, which surely added to the awe that this unique tree inspired.
These "berries" have an interesting flavour and an unfortunately slimy texture, however, it is essential that you spit the seed out without chewing it. If you swallow one by accident, it won't be a problem as long as you didn't bite into it.

Taxus is Latin for Yew, and baccata means to have berries, bacca.

Yew is superb firewood, but it needs to be split and then seasoned for several years before it will burn beautifully.

"He that in winter should behold some of our highest Hills in Surrey, clad with whole woods of these two last sort of trees, yew and box, might without the least violence to his imagination, easily phansie himself transported into some new, or enchanted Country."

John Evelyn, 1662

  • Small Box

    Small boxes

    (Orders containing seedlings or rooted cuttings)


    including VAT per order


    For ORDERS
    Over £60 inc VAT

  • Small box

    (All barerooted plants under 1.2 metres in height. Please note: all trees are charged at the trees and hedging rate.)


    including VAT per order


    For ORDERS
    Over £60 inc VAT

  • Medium box

    (Any pots up to
    and incl. 7.5L)


    including VAT per order


    For ORDERS
    Over £100 inc VAT

  • Trees & Hedging

    (For all orders of trees of any size, and all bareroot plants 1.2 metres and over in height)


    including VAT per order

  • Pallets

    (For all orders of root balls,
    and large orders, a pallet
    price will be automatically
    applied at checkout)


    including VAT per order

*Delivery to mainland Britain & the Isle of Wight ONLY. Surcharges to the Isle of Wight and some areas of Scotland apply.

Bareroot planting is best done between November and April
Bareroot and potted - what's the difference?

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