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Golden Irish Yew

Taxus baccata 'Stricta Aurea'

Dense, needle-like, evergreen foliage has golden margins that become more intense in warm, sunny exposures. Vibrant red berry-like fruit stands out in the fall - do not ingest! The stately, upright form works well as a landscape specimen or planted en masse for a privacy screen or hedge. Takes well to shearing.
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Water regularly- weekly or more often in extreme heat.


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Botanical PronunciationTAKS-us ba-KA-ta STRIK-tuh AW-ree-uh
LoreUnlike other conifers, plants of the Taxus genus do not produce seed-bearing cones, but rather small red fruit that resemble single seed berries. CAUTION: FRUIT IS HIGHLY TOXIC IF INGESTED
Average Size at MaturitySlow growing; reaches 15 to 30 ft. tall, 4 to 8 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeConifer; prized for foliage.
Design IdeasThe symmetrical, distinctively columnar shape of this stately shrub delivers a bold statement in formal groupings. Highly effective as a foundation or accent specimen, providing an exceptional vertical effect in the landscape. Excellent texture and color contrast for green broadleaf plants. Plant en masse to create a handsome tall hedge or privacy screen.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Foliage ColorVariegated
Garden StyleCottage, Mediterranean, Rustic
Growth HabitColumnar, Narrow
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseHedge, Mass Planting, Privacy Screen, Specimen, Topiary, Woodland Garden, Wildlife Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Special FeatureDense Habit, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Fruit Poisonous, Ornamental Berries, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly- weekly or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsLilac (Syringa); Viburnum (Viburnum); Potentilla (Potentilla); Periwinkle (Vinca); Lavender (Lavandula)

Easily adapts to most well-drained soils. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system; reduce frequency, once established. Fertilize before new growth begins in spring. For a neat appearance, prune annually to shape in early spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 6-8

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