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Taxus baccata


Adpressa English Yew

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This tree is an excellent choice for planting in any garden due to its hardiness and its deep green colour that lasts all year round. This tree is also a perfect choice to cover an unwanted view in a landscape.

Michael Pascoe, NDP., ODH., CLT., MSc. (Plant Conservation)


Tree (evergreen)
USDA Hardiness Zone
5a - 6b
Canadian Hardiness Zone
4a - 6a
RHS Hardiness Zone
Temperature (°C)
-29 - 20
Temperature (°F)
-20 - 5
6 m
4 m
Description and Growing Information
Flowering Period
General Description
This tree has a wide spread, dense evergreen that has a deep green colour.
This tree has many landscape uses. It is excellent at blocking unwanted views or can be used as a wind-breaking tree.
Can be planted in either sun or shade, and prefers a PH value of 5 to 8. Can tolerate either acidic or alkaline soils.
This tree has a wide spread shape that does not change throughout its life.
ID Characteristic
The 'Adpressa' is an irregularly-shaped tree that, from a distance, can appear to have a blueish tint. Upon closer inspection of the tree, the bark has a flaky chipped look and the needles have a greener hue.
Taxus scale, needle blight, twig blight, and the taxus mealy bug.
Bark/Stem Description
The bark on this tree is a greyish colour and is rough to the touch. The bark is also flaky and can be rubbed off.
Flower/Leaf Bud Description
Small buds that have an oval shape with scale like texture.
Leaf Description
The needles of the lower branches have a rounded oval shape and are about 0.6cm long and 0.2cm wide. They are more pointed than the needles of the leading shoots. On the margin line and the mid rib of this leaf the colour is a lighter green.
Flower Description
The flowers of this tree are usually green to yellow that resemble coloured buds at a distance than flowers. The flowers bloom in the spring around April.
Fruit Description
Unlike other Taxus baccata species, the fruit is smaller and the seed is more exposed but the arial still has a red colour.
Colour Description
The overall colour at a distance is a deep green colour that will stay the same all year, unless the needles are dessicated by wind burn in the winter. As you get a closer look at the plant the bark has a grey colour that will also remain. The fruit is bright red with exposed dark green seeds.
Texture Description
This tree has a rough texture to the touch due to its flaky bark. This texture stays rough all year round.
Notable Specimens
Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England.
This tree can only be propagated by cutting off another Taxus baccata 'Adpressa'. The best time to take cuttings is between the late summer to early winter. Once the cuttings are taken they should be rooted in greenhouses and cold frames.
Ethnobotanical Uses (Disclaimer)
The Taxus genus has been used in the past as the precursor to chemotherapy, due to the toxic bark of the Taxus. The Indian Ayurveda and native Americans would use the Taxus as a laxative.
Dirr, M. A. (1977). Manual of woody landscape plants: Their identification, ornamental characteristics, culture, propagacion and uses. Chanpaign: Ill : Stipes. Gordon, G. (n.d.). The Pinetum. Retrieved March 22, 2016, from