Taxus Baccata Fastigiata Aurea (Taxus Baccata Fastigiata)
The Taxus Baccata Fastigiata Aurea, also called the Irish yew or venom tree, is a columnar yew with red berries. We don't say venom for nothing, because the plant is partly poisonous. It is a medium-sized evergreen conifer with shiny, yellow-green needles that are very soft. It blooms in March and April and then gets green flowers.
Taxus Baccata Fastigiata Aurea (Taxus Fastigiata Aurea)
This yew likes full sun, but it also thrives in shade or partial shade. It's just where you want it. The Taxus Fastigiata Aurea is hardy and very strong. It has little trouble with diseases. It grows slowly and you can prune it well. If you take good care of it, you can enjoy it for a long time.
The yew is therefore a long-lived plant. Some yew plants were planted hundreds of years ago and are still alive today. The most popular group of yew trees is in Painswick, England. These were planted sometime in 1700.
Why choose a Taxus Baccata Fastigiata Aurea?
- The Taxus Fastigiata is a beautiful plant and fits in any garden.
- It has dense, evergreen leaves. They offer you privacy and they suppress ambient noise.
- The plant requires little maintenance. Prune it twice a year. The hedge plant also does not find any problem with rigorous pruning.
- Birds will like to make their nests in the hedge.
- The Taxus Baccata Fastigiata Aurea grows at any time of the year; except in the hottest months.
- The plants have a very long life.
- Taxus plants are easy to prune into shape or you can turn it into a beautiful, compact hedge.
When is the best time to plant an Irish yew?
The Taxus Baccata Fastigiata Aurea is best planted in the winter, somewhere between the end of September and the beginning of April. Make sure it doesn't freeze; not at the time of planting, but certainly not afterwards.
How do you plant a Taxus Baccata Fastigiata Aurea?
- Make sure you completely clear the strip of weeds. It is important that the roots make maximum use of the nutrients in the soil.
- Dig a trench twice the size and width of the root ball and slightly deeper than the root ball height. Loosen the soil about 6 cm deeper.
- Test the soil pH level with a test kit. Yew plants thrive in slightly alkaline, neutral or slightly acidic soil.
- Add four inches of organic compost, fertilizer, coarse sand and leaves to the trench and mix it into the loose soil.
- Place the plants along the trench where you want to plant them.
- Found a good distribution? Then take the plant out of the container and loosen the roots of the root ball on the sides so that they can easily find their way into the soil.
- Place the yew in the trench. Make sure the root ball is even with the soil level.
- Fill the trench with soil and press it gently.
- Water the soil around the plant until the roots are evenly moist. Do this once a week or when the top three inches become dry. Once the yew has taken over completely, watering is no longer necessary. Or it must be very warm.
- Place a layer of mulch around the plant. Be careful, do not put the mulch against the trunk of the plant. It doesn't like that.
You must give the newly planted yew hedge enough water, but not too much. Properly established, the hedge can better tolerate extreme weather conditions.
Taxus plants grow well in any soil, provided it is well-drained.
The Taxus Baccata Fastigiata Aurea can grow up to 10 meters high if you do not prune it. Give the plants enough space for them to grow. Therefore, do not put them too close together.
You need 2 or 3 per linear meter.
The Taxus Baccata Fastigiata grows about 15 to 20 cm annually.
Advice & Care
- Water the plant sufficiently, but not too much.
- Prune the plant in early summer to maintain its ideal height and shape.
- It is not intended to be pruned under the green needles.
- Do not prune in sunny weather. The needles can then burn.
- Remove broken, diseased or dead branches from the plant immediately.
- For a little extra nutrition, give the yew some compost in the spring.
Known disorders of the Taxus Baccata Fastigiata Aurea
The Taxus Fastigiata Aurea is very strong and healthy. Yet it does sometimes suffer from health issues.
Dead, low branches - improper pruning can cause lower branches to die. Result: dead or thin branches. Therefore, prune the top narrower, so that the bottom gets more light.
Wet soils - the yew plants do not like wet "feet" at all, even if it is short-lived. Therefore, make sure that it is not in soaking wet ground.
Honey fungus - this fungus can attack sick and healthy plants. Do you see a honey-colored mushroom at the base of the plant? Then consider that plant lost. Uproot the mushroom and remove the dead yew including the roots.
Advantages and disadvantages of the Taxus Baccata Fastigiata Aurea
- It is a beautiful hedge with dense, evergreen leaves, which gives you plenty of privacy.
- This plant is easy to maintain.
- It can withstand pruning, even if it is rigorous.
- The yew survives in almost all soils, as long as they are well drained.
- Do you want a low, medium or high hedge? It does not matter.
- The hedge provides shelter and food for birds.
- A yew hedge has a very long life.
- You can prune the Taxus Baccata Fastigiata into any shape you want.
- The plant can withstand cold winters.
- The Taxus Baccata Fastigiata Aurea is highly toxic to humans and animals.
- The plant grows slowly. Patience is a virtue.
Taxus Baccata Fastigiata Aurea is one of the best plants for hedging. It lives for a very long time, is evergreen and hardy and in principle requires very little maintenance. Pruning is a piece of cake. The hedge is a great shelter for birds and they use the red berries as a tasty meal. In any case, there is a lot of life in the construction industry.
Convinced? Order this yew right away. Do you have any questions? Don't hesitate to ask.