Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata Aurea' (Irish Yew) is a dense, upright, evergreen shrub of columnar habit when young, becoming more broadly conical as the plant ages. Seeds are poisonous. Rounded Shape. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) … Has Evergreen foliage. The Yew tree, one of Ireland’s native evergreens, enjoys a high status in Irish mythology. It can also cause the heart rate to slow down or speed up dangerously. Trees may be referred to as male or female. Synonyms. The bark is grey-brown with purple tones, and it peels. Yew can cause severe stomach problems. Irish yew is an evergreen conifer which can grow to 7m. Here at Hopes Grove Nurseries, we offer Yew in a variety of species, including English Yew, Irish Yew hedge, Golden Yew, Hicksii Yew hedging, and Golden Irish Yew. Utility friendly tree. It was originally discovered in County Fermanagh in 1780, and it is thought to be a mutant form of the common yew (Taxus baccata).Look out for: the needle-like leaves which grow all around the main stem and not in rows. The yew is a long-lived tree; it is thought it can survive to the ripe old age of 9500 years, although it is hard to accurately date. Family: Taxaceae. Hardiness. Very drought tolerant when established. All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. ( unless you have an allergy to yew ?) In Old Irish, it’s name is Ibar, but in modern Irish it is known as an Iúr. Its stiffly erect branches boast long, radially arranged, bright yellow to lime-green needles. Similar products to the Irish yew include: Eddie Yew. All parts of yew (Taxus) are poisonous, if eaten by humans, no problem to birds and it's unlikely that cats would atempt to make a meal of it. General Notes. Also no problems in clipping or touching the foilage. Each needle has a raised central vein underneath. Ben Hines, 31, collapsed at home in Brockdish, Norfolk, on 21 August last year after gardening. Toxicity Most parts, especially the seeds, are highly toxic by ingestion. Walking recently on a riverbank in Co Wicklow late in the evening, I spied an interesting-looking plant. IRISH YEW Taxus baccata 'Stricta' Photo Locations: See all Taxus. 2 Apr, 2008 . Hardiness ratings. All parts of … The Irish yew reaches 7-8 ft high by 3 ft wide in 10 years, but can reach 20 ft high when mature. Similar Products. All species of yew contain highly poisonous alkaloids known as taxanes, with some variation in the exact formula of the alkaloid between the species. Known as the King of Hedges, Yew hedge plants (Taxus baccata) benefits from reasonable drainage and is well-known for it’s dark, green and evergreen foliage. This female cultivar produces conspicuous, coral-red seed-bearing cones that contrast beautifully with the foliage. 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