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David Golden Irish Yew

Taxus baccata 'David'

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David Golden Irish Yew (Taxus baccata 'David') at Martin's Home and Garden

David Golden Irish Yew

David Golden Irish Yew

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Height:  10 feet

Spread:  3 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade  full shade 

Hardiness Zone:  6a

Other Names:  Common Yew

Description:

A wonderful evergreen color accent tree with radiant variegated needles of gold and green on a slow growing columnar form; interesting red berries, has numerous applications, takes pruning well

Ornamental Features

David Golden Irish Yew has attractive green foliage edged in gold which emerges gold in spring. The ferny leaves are highly ornamental and turn chartreuse in fall. The fruits are showy red drupes displayed from early to late fall. The flowers are not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

David Golden Irish Yew is a dense multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a narrowly upright and columnar growth habit. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and can be pruned at anytime. It has no significant negative characteristics.

David Golden Irish Yew is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Vertical Accent
  • Hedges/Screening
  • Topiary

Planting & Growing

David Golden Irish Yew will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live to a ripe old age of 120 years or more; think of this as a heritage shrub for future generations!

This shrub performs well in both full sun and full shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Articulation  Screening  Topiary 
Applications
Fruit  Foliage Color  Plant Form  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features