BESPOKE TAXUS TOPIARY – YEW

bespoke taxus topiary

If you are searching for superior quality bespoke Taxus topiary, then look no further.

Hedgeworx can offer the finest quality, hand-crafted Taxus topiary available. Each piece has been carefully crafted and clipped over a period of years, even decades, to create outstanding quality topiary features. Every piece is unique, born of the grower’s vision and imagination. It’s not just what’s above ground that is special either. The root systems of the plants have also been managed carefully over the years, with lifting and transplanting to a final destination in mind. Each piece is regularly undercut to ensure a tight, fibrous root-ball that will lead to successful transplanting every time. Taxus prefers free-draining soil conditions, and areas with heavy clay and waterlogging should be avoided. Taxus is much better suited to free draining soils, but will need careful irrigation management in the first two growing seasons after planting.

Due to the age of these plants, they must be lifted with very large, heavy root-balls. We can deliver these plants to sites across most of the UK, using a specialist horticultural haulage firm. Specialist handling skills and machinery are required to move these plants once they have arrived at site. If this is an issue, we can also offer our planting service, which will take the hassle out of getting these magnificent specimens in place. These mature plants are a real investment, so it is worth getting the work carried out by experienced professionals to minimise risk and get the best from your plants. 

A Selection of our Bespoke Taxus Topiary

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Yew, Common Yew, European Yew, English Yew – Taxus Baccata (Taxaceae)

Taxus Baccata is considered by many to be the most stylish and elegant small medium sized evergreen conifer in Britain. A native species it can also be found in Western and Southern Europe, Northwest Africa, Northern Iran and Southwest Asia. Widely accepted as the oldest living plants in Europe, a Yew specimen in Scotland still alive today, is estimated to be 2000-3000 years old. Ten yew trees in Britain are believed to predate the 10th century. A wooden spear head, one of the world’s oldest surviving wooden artifacts was discovered at Clacton on sea in Essex in 1911 and it is estimated to be roughly 450000 years old.

With a dense crown, dark green foliage, slow growing habit and ability to heal from even the most severe pruning, it is widely used as formal hedging, standard or bespoke topiary and pleached trees. The foliage is made up of needles, dark green in colour, 1.5-3cm in length. In summer and late autumn small bright red fruit develop, attracting birds such as blackbird, thrush, and fieldfare who feed on them into the winter. In a woodland setting Yew provides important sanctuary for some of Britain’s smallest birds. Tolerant of a wide range of soil types provided they are free draining, the plant will flourish once it takes hold. If drainage is an issue, or you have wet ground, or you suspect flooding (even for short periods), don’t be tempted to plant Yew. In all likelihood the plant will fail. The first sign of a problem is the leaves turning yellow, but by the time you notice this happening it is usually too late to save. Our advice, to install land drains to remedy the problem. Be very cautious when planting in clay-based soils as they are notoriously bad at preventing water from draining away and rotting the roots as a consequence. Be careful not to compact the bottom of a planting pit in areas of clay. On the plus side Common Yew can be found all over London which is surprising considering much of the city sits on rich seams of clay. Good landscapers will always broach the subject and provide a solution for drainage and a course of action.

Yew topiary is very easy to train and shape. The wood is hard, springy and extremely strong and these qualities, combined with the ability to regenerate growth from even the most severe wounds, produce a plant perfect for sculpture. It should be noted the plant is toxic and no part should be ingested. For those with Equestrian centres, liveries and stables, Yew should not be planted on or near paddock fencing where horses and ponies can feed on them. The same advice is given to farmers with livestock. Planting away from these immediate areas where grazing animals can’t feed on the plants is common. Yew enjoys being planted in full sun and partial shade but not full shade as it develops a loose habit with reduced foliage cover in these conditions. Yew can be seen growing happily at stately homes, private estates, parkland, large and small gardens, in tree containers, patio gardens, company headquarters, commercial sites and roof top gardens.

Also available as Yew pleached trees, screens, specimen solitaire pieces and ornamental trees, mature hedge plants and instant hedge elements. Available as exquisite pieces of Yew topiary in all sorts of shapes and sizes up to 6m tall and 250cm wide including balls, domes, low domes, spheres, cubes, blocks, cylinders, columns, beehives, pyramids, multi stems to mention just a few.

Where do you Deliver?

Our plants have been supplied to some of the finest homes and reputable gardens in the UK. From Chartwell – the home of Winston Churchill, to the largest properties and estates within the M25 and across the UK, even at the coronation of King Charles, we have developed a reputation for supplying the very best plants available. Our plants can be found as far afield as the Highlands of Scotland, South West of Cornwall and East Anglia.

Not only do we supply spectacular individual pieces and multiples, such as pairs, we have also been approached to help customers create complex parterres, mazes, labyrinths and knot gardens. We specialise in searching throughout Europe for the largest pieces of topiary available. We find many of our regular customers don’t bother going anywhere else in this instance because they know we will produce the goods.

While the larger mature pieces of bespoke Yew topiary are available as rootball plants only, we do offer a large selection of potted plants. Evergreens such as Holly (Ilex) and Buxus (box), Holly Oak (Quercus ilex), Bay (Laurus noblis), Ilex cranata have traditionally been used, while deciduous varieties such as Fagus sylvatica (beech) and Carpinus betulus (hornbeam topiary) are becoming more and more popular. Fagus and Carpinus have much larger leaves and with their winter foliage and the interesting internal structure of their branches, there is further interest in the winter months.

Delivery for bespoke Taxus topiary varies depending on several factors:lifting large plants over a house

  • The order quantity
  • If you want us to plant your topiary
  • Accessibility of the planting area
  • If any need sourcing
  • The seasonal ability to lift or plant specific species.
  • We offer a personal shopping experience, so please contact us to discuss your individual requirements and delivery timescales.

We don’t have a customer service or sales team, when you contact us you will speak to a topiary expert, who can offer practical advice, in addition to pricing inc vat or ex vat, delivery cost, order quantity and discuss pre-order for any seasonally available trees.