Yew Trees and Hedge Plants

Yew Trees ( taxus baccata) are used widely as both as an evergreen hedging plant as well as for topiary. Bare root yew tree hedging is available for sale online in the UK, order during the winter months and this is the cheapest way to buy. Potted plants are available year round.

Planting a Yew Tree Hedge

Planting Yew for a hedge is best carried out in spring or autumn. Yew will grow well if the planting hole is prepared by digging over well before planting and ensuring good drainage. Adding manure and compost to the planting hole is fine but remmeber to do this a few weeks before planting.

Set out a planting line and choose nice plants with good shape. Plant at 2ft centres and water in well with a liquid seaweed fertilizer. As usual mulch well to keep a cool root run and suppress weeds.

Pruning is best carried out summer or early autumn, it is better to prune regularly when young to encourage a nice bushy habit. Try not to prune to late in autumn so as to give any new growth a chance to toughen up before frosts arrive.

Yew trees being a feature of many garden designs. Topiary makes great use of Yew trees which are very popular with Garden Designers, Landscapers and Architects. Generally available for sale as 1 year old bare rooted plants and potted trees as well as larger field grown yew trees. Taxus baccata is the well known English Yew, Taxus brevifolia is the Pacific or Western Yew while Taxus cuspidata is the Japanese or Spreading Yew.


For a formal hedge plant yew at a distance of around 30cm apart. As it responds so well to pruning and clipping it makes an excellent formal hedge in full sun or part shade, heavy shade is problematical. And yes you can let it grow into a tree if you like, long lived. When planting just make sure that drainage is good, like most plants they do not like the roots to be waterlogged. Best time to buy yew trees for hedging, autumn to winter.

Yew Trees are available from the following suppliers :

269 Southport Road, Leyland PR26 8LQ Tel 01257 261243
Buy Direct from the Growers - FREE delivery over £50.
Huge discounts on orders over £300. Privet, Yew, Escallonia, Griselinia, Laurel, Beech, Hawthorn, Box, Hornbeam, Lavender, Holly, Lonicera, Photinia, Thuja and many others - plants from 30cm to 3m plus.

Yew trees are not only used for hedges but are al so widely sold for topiary and especially 'cloud pruning'. Cloud pruned Yew Trees have been a feature in many English Gardens for 100s of years and make a regular appearance at the Chelsea Garden Show.

More Hedging Plants for the UK including a wide range of hedging styles suitable for hedges in almost any situation, hedging plants include low and tall growing plants, hedging plants for shade and sun as well as where to buy flowering, fast growing and slow growing hedges.

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72 Llanllienwen Road Cwmrhydyceirw, Swansea, SA6 6NA
Tel: 01792 541 306 Mobile: 07764 405 335
Root-balled hedging plants in Box, Yew, Laurel and Portuguese Laurel in all sizes. Great quality and prices. Nationwide delivery & planting service.

Grove Cross Barn, Castle Cary, Somerset BA7 7NJ
Tel.: +44 (0) 1963 359444 Fax: +44 (0) 1963 359445

Bury Mill Farm, Bury, Pulborough, West Sussex RH20 1NN - Tel: 01798 831008
Hedging plants to gardeners, farms and estates. Privet, beech, blackthorn, guelder rose, hornbeam & yew.

Newbiggin on Lune, KIRKBY STEPHEN, Cumbria, CA17 4LX UK - Telephone +44 (0)15396 23246
Mail-order specialists and growers of bare-root hardy trees and shrubs since 1950.

C G J MATHIAS & SON (Nurseries)
Black Lake, Tilford, Farnham, Surrey GU10 2BH
Tel: 01252 714552 Fax: 01252 7111382
Evergreen hedging, Laurel, Leylandii, Castlewellan Gold, Taxus, Thuya and Box hedging. Larger sizes up to 9ft.

The Estate Office, Smallhythe Road Tenterden, Kent TN30 7LT
Telephone: 01580 765600 - email:
Wide range on hedges & plants available online. Selling trees and scrubs mail order for over 15 years.

Winford Road Chew Magna Bristol BS40 8HJ
Tel: 01275 333 752
Specimen & ornamental bare root & container grown trees, shrubs, hedging and fruit trees. Wholesale / Retail .