Want garden privacy? Try our screening trees to block out houses and overlooking windows!

Why plant yew?

Taxus baccata is the English yew most widely planted in parks and gardens, both as a specimen and as a hedge constituent.

The Yew is an extremely important tree or hedge plant as one of the only three native conifers. An extremely long-lived tree, in medieval times English longbows were constructed from its strong and durable timber. Taxus baccata is the English yew most widely planted in parks and gardens, both as a specimen and as a hedge constituent. It is often seen as the Rolls Royce of hedges, and its reputation as a slower grower does not deter people from using it.

Lines of yew balls, cones and spirals.
Taxus spirals, cones and balls.

We supply most of our yew hedging to customers in rootballed form between the months of November and March, as this is the most successful method of transplantation. Although we do hold containerised stock during the summer months, Yew are notoriously susceptible to water logging, so great care must be taken with irrigation.

Yew or its upright Irish yew species, Taxus baccata ‘fastigiata’ can often be found in church yards and burial grounds as in the past it has been connected with death and resurrection. However, today is it most valued for its clipping, which are collected and used in the manufacture of anti-cancer drugs. We ranked yew as one of our top 10 evergreen hedges.

Further reading:

How to create an instant hedge

A quick introduction to hornbeam

Shopping online

You can buy trees, hedging, shrubs and topiary online by browsing our website.
If you do not see a plant or size that is suitable for you then please call as we stock a wide variety of plants in our tree nursery. It’s worth noting that many other websites sell other people’s stock (i.e. they act as an agent) so you cannot view the products at their own site. At King & Co, all of our advertised plants are available for viewing at our tree nursery in Rayne, near Braintree, situated just over an hours drive out of London.

Our knowledgeable and experienced tree nursery staff are always contactable via phone on 01376 340469 or if you have any questions regarding any of our trees or accessories.

If you cannot see what you require on our website, please complete the enquiry form. We will give it our urgent attention and will get back to you shortly with a solution that meets your needs.


Popular Trees and Hedging Plants at the Tree Nursery…

If you are looking for specific evergreen trees, Photinia, Leylandii hedging, Leylandii trees, instant hedging or shrubs, use the search bar at the top of the page