Taxus baccata, commonly known as English Yew, is a small tree that can be used for bonsai and can grow up to 10 to 20 feet tall. It prefers full sun to partial shade and needs regular water for optimum health. It can also survive moderate water, however, it is not drought tolerant. The mature plant is cold hardy and can withstand temperatures up to 30 degrees Fahrenheit for short periods of time. Taxus baccata typically grows in USDA Zone 5 - 7.
This plant is excellent for use in ornamental horticulture because of its dense dark green foliage, and its ability to adapt to severe pruning. It is remarkable for its formal hedges and topiary and can develop shapes that are very complicated.
When growing Taxus baccata in pots, make sure to use high-quality potting soil, and ensure that the potted plant is given ample amount of water and is kept from extreme weather conditions. Watering schedules should be adjusted according to the season. Potted plants in cooler regions should be moved indoors during winter to protect them from extreme cold.
Taxus baccata is toxic, so care should be taken in handling and pruning.