Taxus baccata – Cone (English yew)
Taxus baccata (English yew) cone topiary come in a range of heights from 140-300 cm. Its relatively slow growth rate means that yew topiary only needs to be clipped once a year in late summer to maintain its shape.
Taxus baccata known as the English yew, or European yew is a conifer native to western, central and southern Europe. It can be very long-lived some ancient yews are said to be over 2000 years old.
The bark is thin, scaly brown, coming off in small flakes aligned with the stem. The leaves are lanceolate, flat, dark green and very poisonous if eaten, even when dead and dried. The seed cones are highly modified, each cone containing a single seed.