Botanical Name: Taxus baccata 'Stricta'
Common Name: Irish Yew  
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  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Tree, Shrub


Height Range

6-12', 12-25'


Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color

Dark Green


Bark Color

Brown, Red


Fruit Color



Fruit Season

Fall, Persistent


Half, Shade



Medium, Extra in Summer


Growth Rate

Moderate, Slow


Soil Type

Clay, Loam


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained, Moist


Soil pH

Acid, Neutral


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

English Cottage, Formal, Mediterranean


Accenting Features

Unusual Shape


Seasonal Interest



Location Uses

Background, Shrub Border, Foundation, Walls / Fences


Special Uses

Hedge, Screen, Wind Break, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
  • Description

  • Notes

Irish Yew is an evergreen grown as either a tree or shrub, depending upon the size that it is kept. It grows 15 to 30 feet tall and 4 to 8 feet wide, though it will do so slowly. Usually used as a hedge or screen, it makes a bold vertical statement. Needles are dark green above, streaked with dull green and narrow shining midrib below. Generally it is female, but male flowers appear on isolated branches.
Best grown in evenly moist, fertile, sandy-loam to clay-loam soils with excellent drainage in part to full shade. Tolerant of considerable pruning, though if pruned selectively, rather than sheared will preserve its natural form, reduce future pruning work, and allow you to enjoy the bright breen new foliage. Synonymous with T. b. 'Fastigiata.'