Taxus baccata 'FASTIGIATA ROBUSTA'

Taxus baccata
Taxus baccata  'FASTIGIATA ROBUSTA'
columnar yew
SIZE/TYPE taller shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 3-6m
USUAL WIDTH 0.4-1m
LEAVES evergreen conifer
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS insignificant or non-blooming
COLOUR OF FLOWERS
BLOOMING TIME
LOCATION full sun to shade
USDA zone (lowest) 5b   (down to -27°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Conifers
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Yews could be called common shrubs, where common not only means omnipresent but mainly dull. Well, perhaps for someone. We see yew and predominantly its varieties as very useful and attractive features of gardens of almost any size. They vary by size, shape and even foliage colour.

Fastigiata Robusta is a slender growing variety of columnar yew that originated probably in Italy in 1950. It is similar to its parent variety Fastigiata but much slimmer, like a model who prefers not to eat to stay slim forever. The needles are dark green, glossy, longer than on the species, and evergreen. Its strictly upright growth can be used in any type of garden where a vertical feature is required.

Now a few words about its toxicity. The whole plant is slightly poisonous for humans but extremely poisonous for horses. Its beautiful red fruits are also said to be dangerous for people but the truth is that only the seeds contain a certain amount of substance that could be dangerous only if bitten into. As a matter of interest the flesh of the berries is found sweet and delicious for many and if the seed is spat out you can expect no harm. Also, tests proved that seeds not bitten into will go through the digestion system causing no harm. Well, our final suggestion is to use this plant as a decorative item in your garden, not a dessert.

Yews are easy to grow. They can take almost any soil type from acidic to alkaline, just make sure the soil is not waterlogged. They will do well in full sun as well as shade. They can take pruning but this variety might lose it slim habit if you start cutting off its top. Hardy to about -27°C (USDA zone 5b).

Last update 06-01-2011
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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