TAXUS BACCATA FASTIGIATA
This well-known evergreen tree bears masses of attractive red berries in summer. (Edible fruit but poisonous seed!) Seeds collected from the compact, columnar, fastigiate form of the longest growing of all of our native trees (even oak!) and plants may vary in stature.
These seeds have already been thoroughly cleaned and cold-stored for several months. They should be sown into well-drained, sandy compost at any time of the year, and covered to their own depth with sand or grit. No artificial heat is needed; the seed tray is best left in a cool spot outside and kept moist. Seeds germinate very slowly indeed in the spring after a chilling in the cold compost, regardless of when they are sown. Some seeds may take more than a year to germinate.
Common name:English Yew, Irish Yew