Today it is T - Taxus, commonly known as English Yew
, these popular conifers can be seen in all shapes and sizes around Great Britain.
Every bit of the English yew
has toxic taxine alkaloids except the berry flesh.
A large mature English yew
hedge, reputed to be more than 200 years old, and ?ve Irish yew topiary cones border the western side of the lawn along with a large herbaceous border which mirrors the yew hedge.
Constructed using English yew
, what makes it unique is that it contains themed gardens, including an idyll of 200 roses, a Japanese Zen garden and a tropical and butterfly garden too.
The trees concerned were evergreen English yew
, which are mainly found in churchyards and stately homes as they are poisonous to animals.
Pictures: LISA CAREY; LITTLE GEMS: Caran gana (above) and Japanese kihyome maple (below); LOVING CARE: Ron tends to a miniature English yew
The classic garden boundary is the English yew
, taxus baccata.
The bows are often called English longbows, but historians say wood from Spanish yew trees was better suited to making the bows than English yew
. The English variety grew curvy and gnarled, while the Spanish yew grew straighter.
"Second, we used the English yew
, which is a common ornamental shrub, instead of the rare Pacific yew."
1 Taxus baccata, the native English yew
. Seen in stately homes throughout the land, it is a great choice for formal hedging or topiary as it can be clipped quite hard.
STAR TURN: Patrick Flynn with one of his works, a bud vase made of English Yew
. Picture: LISA CAREY
Evergreen shrubs are the best option for topiary and English Yew
is the pick of the bunch.