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Taxus baccata - Common English Yew Seed - Sheffield's Seed Co., Inc.
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Taxus baccata (English Yew Bonsai) Sheffield's Seed Co., Inc.

Taxus baccata

Common Yew, English Yew

In Stock: 30.061 lb (Total:44.678lb)
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Seeds per lb:
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Growing Info

Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: warm stratify for 90 days +, cold stratify for 60 days +
Germination: sow seed 3/8" deep, keep moist, mulch the seed bed, cover seedbed with some shade, can be sown outdoors in the fall for spring germination

Other: Sporadic germination may occur over a 2-3 year period 

Discover the Taxus baccata Common Yew, also known as English Yew, a remarkable evergreen tree that can live for thousands of years. With potential ages impossible to accurately determine, estimates range from 2,000 to 9,500 years, making it the longest living plant in Europe. This small- to medium-sized tree grows up to 20 meters tall with shiny dark green needles and a reddish-brown trunk. It produces attractive red berries and can be used for screens, hedges, and topiary. The yew prefers moist soil with perfect drainage and can tolerate shade, making it versatile in various garden settings. However, it is important to note that all parts of this plant, except for the sweet and gelatinous aril surrounding the seed, are highly toxic to humans and animals. The Taxus baccata is native to Europe, north Africa, and western Asia and is often grown in USDA zones 6 and above. This slow-growing tree is dioecious, requiring both male and female plants for seed production. It attracts wildlife, including birds like thrushes and waxwings that disperse its hard seeds undamaged in their droppings. If you're looking for a stunning and long-lived addition to your garden, the Taxus baccata is an excellent choice.

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