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Yew (Taxus baccata)

Yew (Taxus baccata)

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  • Yew (Taxus baccata) is an evergreen shrub or tree that prefers a sunny to semi-shady location and well-drained soil.
  • It can be grown from seed or cuttings, but the seeds need stratification before planting.


  • Watering: Young plants should be watered regularly until they are established, while older plants can tolerate drought.
  • Fertilization: Yew is not a demanding plant and does not require frequent fertilization. Apply fertilizer sparingly for woody plants.
  • Pruning: Yew pruning is done to maintain the desired shape and density. Pruning is usually done in late fall or early spring.


  • Ornamental plant: Yew has dense, dark green needles that provide an attractive appearance and contribute to the aesthetics of gardens.
  • Toxicity: It is important to note that all parts of the plant, except the flesh of the red fruits, contain toxic substances. This property makes the yew resistant to diseases and pests.
  • Cultural and historical value: Yew has a long history of use in decorative gardens, hedges and as a symbol of eternity in various cultures.

Yew (Taxus baccata) is an evergreen plant that is easy to grow and maintain. Its attractive appearance, toxicity that provides resistance to diseases and pests, and cultural and historical value make it a popular choice in gardening. It is important to keep in mind the toxicity of the plant and follow safety measures when handling it.

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