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What type of hedge is this ?


 
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 1:37 pm    Post subject: What type of hedge is this ? Reply with quote

Hi Folks
What type of hedge is this ?
Looks nice and might be a good screen plant for a small garden ?

Thanks a mill
Dave



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

looks like yew.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, that's yew (Taxus baccata). Those ones look like T. baccata "fastigiata", also known as the Irish yew. Fastigiate just means a vertical growth habit. I could also be wrong, and they are just normal ones trying to go skyward. Very slow growing, and therefore expensive. All parts except the red bit of the fruit are very poisonous. Can live quite happily for several thousand years. A great hedging plant if you have patience and no small children intent on munching hedges.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I concur.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've planted Taxus baccata a few times as a hedge. I find it does best if it gets a bit of shade during the day (I'd worry about the ones in the photo, the reflection off the glass might burn the ends, even more so if south facing). If you want a short but dense evergreen hedge, I find it to be very cost effective. Buy bareroot (a bit late in the season for that now) at 40/60cm high and they only cost 2 euro each. Plant 4 per metre and you have an instant quality hedge for not too much money. Will take 3-4 years to reach 1m tall. A superior hedge long term.
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