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Upright Irish Yew

Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata Robusta'

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Upright Irish Yew (Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata Robusta') at Landsburg Landscape Nursery

Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata Robusta'

Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata Robusta'

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Height:  40 feet

Spread:  15 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6

Other Names:  Common Yew

Description:

A narrowly upright and very tall evergreen tree with almost vertical branching, deep green needles and interesting red berries; ideal for articulation, makes a great tall hedge or screen, takes pruning exceptionally well

Ornamental Features

Upright Irish Yew has dark green foliage which emerges light green in spring. The ferny leaves remain dark green throughout the winter. The flowers are not ornamentally significant. The fruits are showy red drupes displayed from early to late fall.

Landscape Attributes

Upright Irish Yew is a dense evergreen tree with a narrowly upright and columnar growth habit. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and can be pruned at anytime. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Upright Irish Yew is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade
  • Vertical Accent
  • Hedges/Screening
  • Topiary

Planting & Growing

Upright Irish Yew will grow to be about 40 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live to a ripe old age of 150 years or more; think of this as a heritage tree for future generations!

This tree performs well in both full sun and full shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Shade  Articulation  Screening  Topiary 
Applications
Fruit  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features