Taxus Baccata Ball 40cm


Plant Fact File:

  • Plant Type: Evergreen Shrub
  • Common Name: English Yew Ball
  • Botanical Name: Taxus baccata
  • Spread: Variable, depending on pruning
  • Growth Habit: Compact, Rounded
  • Foliage: Dark Green, Needle-Like Leaves
  • Flowering: Insignificant, Dioecious (separate male and female plants)
  • Fruit: Red Berries on Female Plants, Toxic if Ingested
  • Hardiness: Fully Hardy
  • Aspect: Full Sun to Full Shade
  • Soil Type: Moist, Well-Draining, Acidic to Alkaline
  • Uses: Ornamental, Specimen Plant, Container Planting, Topiary


Taxus baccata, commonly known as English Yew, is a slow-growing evergreen shrub prized for its dense, dark green foliage and versatility in the landscape. The ‘Ball’ cultivar is specifically grown and pruned into a compact, rounded shape, making it ideal for use as a specimen plant, container planting, or as part of a formal garden design. Its small size and rounded form create a neat and tidy appearance, adding structure and visual interest to the garden.

Key Features:

  • Compact Growth Habit: The ‘Ball’ cultivar of Taxus baccata is prized for its naturally compact and rounded growth habit. It forms a dense ball-shaped canopy of foliage, making it well-suited for use as a focal point in the garden or as a decorative feature in containers or small spaces.
  • Dark Green Foliage: Like other varieties of English Yew, the ‘Ball’ cultivar features small, needle-like leaves that are arranged densely along the branches. The foliage maintains its dark green coloration throughout the year, providing year-round interest and serving as an excellent backdrop for other garden plants.
  • Versatile Uses: English Yew ‘Ball’ is a versatile plant with many landscape applications. Its compact size and rounded form make it well-suited for use as a specimen plant in borders, rockeries, or mixed plantings. It can also be planted in containers and placed on patios, balconies, or in small gardens to add structure and architectural interest.
  • Low Maintenance: ‘Ball’ English Yew is a low-maintenance plant that requires minimal care once established. It is relatively drought-tolerant and can tolerate a wide range of soil types and growing conditions. Regular pruning may be necessary to maintain the desired size and shape of the plant, but otherwise, it is a trouble-free addition to the garden.
  • Attractive Berries: Female plants of Taxus baccata produce small, red berries in autumn. While these berries add ornamental value to the plant and are attractive to wildlife, they are toxic if ingested and should be kept out of reach of children and pets.