How to grow Yew tree

Yew tree grow and care – tree or shrub of the genus Taxus also known as Taxus baccata or English yew, Yew tree perennial pinophyta used as medical, ornamental hedge plant, shade tree or as bonsai and can be design as topiary ball, can grow in temperate or cold subtropics climate or indoor as houseplant and growing in hardiness zone 5-9 and possible with the right care in hardiness zone 10a.

Yew tree leaves, flower and fruits

Leaves color green and can be varigata with white or yellow in the side and in the top of the leaves needle like shape, the leaves pinnate.

Flower color yellow or white in ball shape and grow in the edge of the stems.

Fruit not edible color red shiny in bead shape.

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How to grow Yew tree – growing maintenance and care:

Cool temperature, moist soil, mulch

How to care
Pruning once a year, fertilizer at least once a year, mulch to keep the soil moist

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative reproduction – cutting

How to propagate by cutting:
Propagating in temperature 20-25C (68-75F), better in the spring, high humidity (better like a fog), moist soil, half shade, use root growth hormone and better to use greenhouse easier to maintain

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No, but it’s not easy to start from seeds and harder from cutting

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Fruits poisonous

Planting season:
Spring in hardiness zone 5-7, spring to summer in hardiness zone 8-9, spring or autumn in hardiness zone 10a

How to plant:
Dig a hole as deep as the current root ball plus extra 30-50%, put in the hole organic matter, humus and dried leaves and mix it with some soil, put the tree and loos little bit the root ball above the hole, plant the tree cover and don’t push the soil too much strong but not lightly because it won’t be stable, after this put mulch and dead leaves on the soil to keep moist on soil, put water every day for the next two weeks (better in the morning) , better to take care that the tree will be stable, and if not support it with bamboo or a stick that it won’t fall.

Pests and diseases:
Gall, mites, molds

Pruning season:
All year, better in the winter

How to prune:
Just for design, when grow as topiary better to start to desgin when the plant is young

Size of the plant:
8-20 m, 24-60 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade / Full Shade (with light and might won’t bloom and bear frutis)

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?
Yes, location with a lot of light add fertilize once a year (because unlike outdoor that the plant get enough organic matter), not next to heater

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes as dwarf or as bonsai, need to start from young tree, cutting or seeds, the important part that the roots will be small and ever consider to prune the roots before plant, start with pot that will be 50-100% more than the root ball, every time that the tree arrive to full capacity need to switch to bigger until arrives to desirable size minimum size for the tree it’s 10L (5 gallons) better 100L (20 gallons) and bigger container will have bigger tree, better to use this method because the soil lose the viability over time and it’s efficient of care for the tree, when the plant big need to switch part of the soil, cut the tree and the roots, switch in winter season, when grow in container need to put more fertilizer and add organic matter, soil to use peat soil with perlite or potting mix and maybe some lava grit in the bottom or something like that to make drainage, put a bottom for the container and when water the plant let it fill the bottom and better dry in the same day

Blooming information

Bloom season:

General information about the flower
Yellow or white flowers in ball shape and grow in the edge of the stems

How to grow Yew tree from seeds

Sowing requirement:
temperature of 15-20C (59F-68F) for few month and after this temperature of maximum 5C (41F), well-drained soil, moist soil

Saving seeds and care until sowing:
Dry and dark location in

Sowing season:
Spring after the last frost / and early summer in hardiness zone 5-7

How to plant:
Plant in the soil that can keep the moist for long time

Planting spacing:
2*2cm for transplant, because it’s takes a lot of time to germinate better to transplant it than to keep it

Depth of Sowing:
1cm (0.5 inch)

Conditions for seeds germinate:
Temperature that change

Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water

Germination time:
7-15 months

Condition of seedling:
Full sun, moist soil, better weed free

Do the seeds require burying?
Yes, but before need to temperature of 15-20C

Chilling hour’s requirements:
5-10 month


Taxus baccata Silver spire – leaves color green with white or yellow in the side and in the top of the leaves

Scientific name:

Taxus baccata

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Blooming Seasons
  • Spring flowers
Flower colors
  • White flower
  • Yellow flower
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Temperate Climate
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental fruit
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
  • Fast growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Evergreen
  • Perennial plant
  • Pinophyta Conifers
  • Shrub
  • Tree
Plant Uses
  • Bonsai
  • Indoor plants
  • Ornamental plants
  • Shade tree
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
  • Part shade Plants
  • Shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Big amount of water
  • Regularly water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 5
  • Hardiness zone 6
  • Hardiness zone 7
  • Hardiness zone 8
  • Hardiness zone 9