The Yew hedge is an ornamental evergreen hedge plant widely grown in Europe and Asia. The Yew hedge contains alkaloids in its branches and berries which are poisonous to both humans and animals.
It is a strong and impenetrable plant and in combination with is long life span, it creates a beautiful hedge that will last for many years. There are many different species of the Yew hedge, here a three of the most common ones:
Taxus Baccata. This is also known as the Engelish Yew or common Yew. The Taxus Baccata is the most popular species of the Yew hedges. It is an evergreen plant and it has a classic and luxe appearance. It is a strong hedge which can survive winters. It requires little maintenance and therefore little pruning. It can tolerate radical pruning, because when pruned to much, it will still grow.
Taxus Baccata David. This slow-growing hedge has tightly packed branches which grow upright. This is the perfect species to use a loner. It is very tough and has a high tolerance to shearing and adaptability.
The Taxus Media Hicksii and Media Hillii. These two plants have similar characteristics and grow more compact than the other Yew species. The only difference between the Hicksii and the Hillii is that the Hilli doesn’t produce berries. These Yew species are perfect for smaller gardens.
Now that you know more about the different species of Yew hedges, you can choose the one that is best suited for your garden!