Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata' at Thompson's Park

Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata' 0

Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata'
mid October 2015

Grid reference ST 16158 76970
Common name Irish yew
Origin Europe, W Asia, N Africa
Deciduous No
Height 9M October 2015
Girth Multi-stem
Reference 325

One of a group of Irish yews in the lower park, west of the main entrance.

Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata' bark

Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata' bark
October 2015

Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata' fruit

Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata' fruits
mid October 2015

General tree description for Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata'

Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata' is a cultivar of the Common or English yew. It is a small tree, up to around 10 metres tall, with an erect, columnar shape that thickens with age, and dense branches. The leaves are small, straight needles with a pointed tip, coloured black-green. Female trees carry bright red fruits in autumn.

General tree description for Taxus baccata

Taxus baccata is a small to medium sized tree, typically ranging from 10 to 25 metres tall. It has a broadly conical shape often with a pointed tip. Its bark is scaly and grey, purplish or red brown. In age it may develop a short, very thick trunk, often burred. The leaves are linear with an abrupt point, 2 to 4cm long and 3mm wide, and very dark green with dull yellow-green undersides. They are arranged spirally round the erect shoots, but in one flattened rank either side of the side shoots. Male and female strobili (flowers) appear in spring, on separate plants. Flowers on male trees are small and globular, turning yellow and shedding clouds of pollen in February. Female trees bear minute, solitary green flowers, inconspicuous until developing into fleshy bright red fruits (arils) in early autumn. Each fruit contains a single poisonous seed. The leaves also are highly toxic.