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Taxus Baccata Common Yew
Yew has been used to mark out areas – traditionally church yards and gardens for centuries. The small leaf size and ability to cope with being cut back hard has in recent years led to a resurgence of yew as a hedging plant and as a topiary specimen.
Deep dark green foliage helps to bring out the contrast of more colourful specimens- common myth with Yew is slow growth but in actual fact grows a very respectable 30cm (1foot per year).
Planting Instructions For Yew Root Ball Laurel Hedge.
First thing to remember is to leave the hessian / wire root ball on the plant – this is to protect the plan to thrive with out the root system being disturbed.
Dig a trench so that when plant is placed –where the top of the roots meets the stem- it is slightly above the soil level. This is because Yew prefers well drained soil and a slightly proud plan will prevent excess water sitting in the roots.
Loosen the soil at the bottom of the trench and scoop out the bottom three inches/ 75mm and replace with multi purpose compost. Sprinkle a handful of bone meal on top of the dug out trench at the point where the root balls meet the bottom of the trench. Back fill making sure that the soil ground level is slightly above the soil level of the top of the root ball.
Water each day unless it has rained heavily for at least the first season. Prune back years growth in May and again in September if required.
Planting Distances Taxus Baccata Yew
80-100cm (2.5-3 feet) 2.5 PER METER (40CM CENTRE)
100-125cm (3-4 feet) 2.5 PER METER
125-150cm (4-5 feet) 2.5 PER METER
150-175cm (5.5 to 6 feet) 2 PER METER (50CM CENTRE)
175-200cm (6 feet to 6 ¾ feet) 1.5 PER METER (65CM CENTRE)
200-2.25cm (6 ¾ feet to 7 feet 3”) 1 PER METER
2.5-3cm (8 feet to 10 feet) 1 PER METER
EXAMPLE 50 METER (150 FEET) GARDEN =100 plants at 1.25 To 1.5 Meter required
EVERGREEN OR DECIDUOUS : evergreen
GROWTH HEIGHT WIDTH TIME 20 ft X 20 ft IN 20 YEARS HEIGHT PER YEAR :30CM OR 1 FOOT
PRUNE back years growth in May and again in September if required.
LIGHT : full sun or partial shade
ASPECT north south east west
MOSITURE well drained
SOIL : Chalk Loam sand Clay
PH: acid neutral alkaline