One of our best selling species is English Yew – or to use the latin name, Taxus Baccata.
It makes a beautiful dark green hedge and it’s slow growing so it’s very easy to maintain, giving a sharp edge when just trimmed.
It has another wonderful attribute in addition – which is the ability to re-generate from very hard pruning.
Often old hedges get a bit neglected and they can get too thick or full of weeds. Not every species of hedging plant will recover from a very hard prune (by which I mean cutting back the width by up to 50%) but here are a couple of photos showing how this very old Yew hedge has recovered during the first and second year’s after a really severe prune (not that I’d really recommend that a hedge is treated this severely without being done by an expert!). In the first year, the main stem of the plant – which is almost a tree trunk – is clearly visible and there’s a bit of nice new growth.
In the second year, the main stem is almost covered in lush new growth, and it’s back to being a hedge again.
Although Yew is the most expensive species we sell (because it’s so slow growing it takes years longer in the nursery to reach a decent height than most other species of hedging plant) it’s an aspect that’s worth thinking about for those investing in an important hedge (prestige properties for example).