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Golden Irish Yew

Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata Aurea'

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Golden Irish Yew (Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata Aurea') at Squak Mountain Nursery

Golden Irish Yew

Golden Irish Yew

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Golden Irish Yew (Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata Aurea') at Squak Mountain Nursery

Golden Irish Yew foliage

Golden Irish Yew foliage

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  25 feet

Spread:  8 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6

Other Names:  Common Yew

Description:

A wonderful small evergreen color accent tree with radiant variegated needles of gold and green on a large, pyramidal and spreading form, interesting red berries, has numerous applications, takes pruning well

Ornamental Features

Golden Irish Yew has attractive green foliage edged in gold which emerges gold in spring. The ferny leaves are highly ornamental and turn chartreuse in fall. The fruits are showy red drupes displayed from early to late fall. The flowers are not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Golden 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.

Golden Irish Yew is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent
  • Hedges/Screening
  • Topiary

Planting & Growing

Golden Irish Yew will grow to be about 25 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live to a ripe old age of 120 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  Articulation  Screening  Topiary 
Applications
Fruit  Foliage Color  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features

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