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Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata Aurea' Conifer

Golden Irish Yew Trees
  • From £169.99 (ex VAT)

Similar in form to the Irish Yew, this Golden Irish Yew has dark-green, glossy, needle-like foliage that glows golden yellow at the tips giving the whole plant a warm gold appearance. Foliage and branching is compact and upright, forming a column of 5 x 1.5 metres in 20 years.

Plant in any well-drained soil, Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata Aurea' is tolerant of dry shade, chalk, exposure, and pollution. It is deal for use as a screen or as a formal single specimen. Please note that this yew is poisonous to humans and livestock, although the red berries are popular with birds.

Nigel's Nursery Notes: The main photo shows how my 'Fastigiata Aurea' has grown to around 250cm by 80cm since I planted it in 2004.

  • Common name: Golden Irish Yew tree
  • Latin name: Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata Aurea'
  • Great for: Year round interest or screening
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 5 x 1.5 metres
  • Foliage: Variegated gold and green foliage year-round
  • Soil: Tolerant of most soil types

Planting Advice for Taxus baccata Fastigiata Aurea

Our pot grown Golden Irish Yew trees can be planted at any time of the year. Prepare the planting site by removing weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole then dig a hole as deep as the root mass and 2x as wide. We recommend digging a square hole as this encourages the roots to grow straight as opposed to around inside the hole. To help Yew trees establish more effectively, we advise sprinkling Mycorrhizal fungi in the hole.

Gently loosen the tree roots and place into the planting hole. Mix 50% of the original soil with 50% high quality compost and use this to fill in the hole. Firm around gently, taking care not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree.

Aftercare Advice for Taxus baccata Fastigiata Aurea

If you’re planting Golden Irish Yew in spring or summer, water well and regularly for the first few months. Keep an eye on young trees and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. We offer a range of irrigation kits to assist in watering.

Once planted, it is important to keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. Using a glyphosate based weed killer or installing mulch matting and bark chips will aid in this. Do not simply mow the grass around the area as this will only encourage it to grow more vigorously.

Pruning Advice for Taxus baccata Fastigiata Aurea

Golden Irish Yew trees do not require a lot of pruning. Simply remove any dead, diseased or awkwardly placed branches as and when you see them.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most under 1.5 metres in height) : £9.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £11.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £14.95 + vat

1-4 trees delivered by pallet to kerbside (inc. mature Japanese Maples): 24.95 + vat

Mature trees, pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode not quantity. Starts from £48 + vat.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process. Please note, we are unable to deliver outside of Mainland UK.

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within 3 weeks of placing the order, unless stated otherwise. There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is left via the checkout.

For pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height), we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers about the delivery date.

Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready is on the product/basket page. Orders are despatched once all trees are ready.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

To collect trees, please book an appointment. Delivery charges will be refunded.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. *Pot sizes may vary. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Clump: Several plants in one pot that can give the appearance of a multi stemmed and very bushy tree.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height:

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata Aurea' Form: Bush Supplied Size: 100-130cm Root type: 30L pot* Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata Aurea' Price £169.99 (ex VAT)
Bush 100-130cm 30L pot* £169.99 (ex VAT)
Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata Aurea' Form: Bush Supplied Size: 140-160cm Root type: 40L Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata Aurea' Price £209.99 (ex VAT)
Bush 140-160cm 40L £209.99 (ex VAT)
Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata Aurea' Form: Bush Supplied Size: 175-200cm Root type: 65L pot* Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata Aurea' Price £279.99 (ex VAT)
Bush 175-200cm 65L pot* £279.99 (ex VAT)
Total: £0.00 (VAT Free)