The Q&A Archives: Best Columnar Yew

Question: Which is the best variety of yew (taxus) to plant if one wants a tall, fairly narrow plant?

Answer: Probably the most attractive yew for the purpose is Taxus 'Stricta' (sometimes called 'Fastigiata', the Irish yew). This plant is slow growing to 20', with many crowded upright branches. It's quite showy where summer water is ample. It can be pruned back quite hard if it begins to outgrow it's space in the garden. Irish yew's have larger needles than the English yew's, so the texture is a bit more bold than the more commonly planted English yew. Enjoy your new plant!

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