Fastigiate Irish Yew

The fastigiate Irish yew (Taxus baccata ‘Fastigiata’) is a specific cultivar known for its upright, columnar growth. It’s often used in landscaping for its distinctive shape, suitable for narrow spaces and as a vertical accent in gardens.

The Appearance

This yew variety is known for its narrow, columnar shape, growing up to 20 feet tall. Its foliage is dark green and dense.


The Produce

Fastigiate Irish Yew produces red, berry-like cones called arils. However, like other yews, certain parts of the plant are toxic if ingested.


The Flowers

The Fastigiate Irish Yew produces small, inconspicuous flowers that are not particularly noticeable.


The Leaves

In contrast to the common yew, these needles encircle the twig rather than forming distinct rows.


The Bark

The bark is reddish-brown and becomes more scaly and flaky with age.


The Habitat

It is commonly found in gardens and cemeteries across Europe and North America, preferring well-drained soils.


The Ecology

Yews provide shelter and food for various bird species and are important for the ecosystem’s health.


The Culture

Historically, yew wood was used for making longbows. Today, it is popular in landscaping for its distinctive shape.


Fun Facts

The Fastigiate Irish Yew is a slow-growing tree and can live for several hundred years.

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