Common Name: Irish Yew
Cultivar: 'Fastigiata Aurea'
Skill Level: Beginner
Exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Sandy
Irish yew forms a distinctive upright growing shrub/tree that's perfect for adding height to the border. They originate from a sport from an ordinary yew in Fermanagh, 1780. The form 'Fastigiata Aurea' has bright golden edges to its foliage which gives the whole plant a distinctive golden appearance. It's tolerant of most soils provided there is adequate drainage and they don't become water-logged. Like all yews they can be clipped into shapes but also look particularly good when allowed to grow naturally.