The UK Garden Centre Buy plants and garden tools online Garden Centre
uk garden centre directory
The UK Garden Centre
home | site map | about us Plants for sale
Shrubs for sale Greenhouses for sale
Garden centre UK garden centres
  61
35 The complete online UK gardening resource  
61 61 61
  Plants for sale
The UK Garden Centre The UK Garden Centre The UK Garden Centre
   
The UK Garden Centre The UK Garden Centre The UK Garden Centre
     
 
uk garden centre directory
uk garden centre directory
uk garden centre directory
uk garden centre directory
uk garden centre directory
uk garden centre directory
uk garden furniture
uk garden centre directory
uk garden centre directory
uk garden centre directory
uk garden centre directory
uk garden centre directory
uk garden centre directory
uk garden centre directory
uk garden centre directory
uk garden centre directory
uk garden centre directory
uk garden centre directory
uk garden centre directory
uk garden centre directory
uk garden centre directory
uk garden centre directory
flowers online
   
 
     
61
Plants for sale     61
Plants for sale    
100 100 100 61 61
 

The Yew

UK Garden Centre - Information about the Yew tree

42

Family Taxaceae
Taxus baccata

The Yew lacks the graceful proportions of most of our trees, but it has for compensation a most obvious air of strength and endurance.
Many people see in cathedral aisles the reproduction in stone of the pine-forest or the beech-wood. Standing before an ancient Yew they may see whence came the idea for those clustered columns. They actually exist in the bole of the Yew, which presents the appearance not of a single trunk, but of several trunks that have coalesced. This condition is due to the Yew continually pushing out new shoots from the lower part of its bole, which take an upright direction, and coalesce with the old wood.
Although the Yew is a large tree, it is by no means a tall tree; the height of full-grown Yews in this country ranging between fifteen and fifty feet, although they are said to attain a greater length in India.
The bole of the Yew is short but massive, covered with thin red bark that flakes off in patches much after the manner of Plane-bark. Large specimens have a girth of from twenty-five to fifty feet – or even more. Such a circumference represents the growth of many centuries, for the annual growth rings are very thin. It is this very slow growth that produces the hard, compact and elastic wood that was so highly esteemed in the past. Not only is the timber elastic, but it is exceedingly durable, so that it is said, ‘A post of Yew will outlast a post of iron’. Its branches start from the trunk at only a few feet from the ground, and taking an almost horizontal direction, throw out a great number of leafy twigs, which provide a dense and extensive shade. The leaves are leathery in texture, curved somewhat after the manner of a reaping hook, shiny and dark above, pale and unpolished below.
The Yew is a diæcious tree – that is, one whose male and female blossoms are borne on separate trees – but the statement requires qualification to this extent, that occasionally a tree will be found bearing a branch or branches whose flowers are part of the sex opposite to those covering the greater part of the tree.
The male flower is almost round, a quarter of an inch across, and contains about half a dozen yellow anthers, the base surrounded by dry overlapping scales. They may be found during February and March, in profusion on the underside of the boughs. The female flower is much smaller, and consists of a fleshy disk with a few scales at its base, and on this stands a single seed-egg.
Much has been said and written as to the toxic properties of Yew-leaves, and it appears that if eaten in large quantities they will prove fatal to man, cattle, horses, sheep, pigs, and possibly other animals, but small quantities of the leaves are usually harmless.
Along the chalk range of which the celebrated Box Hill forms part will be found many fine examples of the Yew, as at Cherkley Court, near Leatherhead, where there is an actual Yew forest.
It is reputed to be the longest-lived of all trees. It is naturally a tree of the uplands and lower hills, and shows a distinct preference for soils that contain plenty of lime.
The Irish Yew (Var. fastigiata) differs from the type in having all its branches growing erectly, after the manner of a Lombardy Poplar, and in the leaves being scattered promiscuously over the branchlets instead of being in two regular rows. It attains a height of twenty to thirty-five feet.


  41
  61
Plants for sale    
   
Plants for sale
   
Plants for sale
   
Plants for sale
   
Plants for sale
   
Plants for sale
   
Plants for sale
   
Plants for sale
   
   
   
54
55© 2014 Garden-Centre.org - Classic car insurance
56
57 The UK Garden Centre 59
michael kors outlet north face black Friday jordan 6 black infrared coach black Friday north face cyber Monday jordan 13 grey toe jordan 11 legend blue coach cyber Monday jordan 11 legend blue coach outlet online uggs cyber monday jordan 11 legend blue north face black Friday jordan cyber monday kate spade black friday uggs cyber monday north face black friday kate spade cyber monday gucci black friday uggs cyber monday Abercrombie And Fitch black friday true religion black friday coach cyber Monday uggs black friday kate spade cyber monday canada goose cyber monday lululemon black Friday coach cyber Monday lululemon cyber Monday beats by dre cyber Monday nike cyber monday michael kors black friday kate spade black friday kate spade cyber monday true religion black friday michael kors cyber monday hollister cyber monday Polo Ralph Lauren black friday true religion cyber monday michael kors cyber monday grey toe 13s bred 13s jordan 6 black infrared coach cyber monday jordan 13 grey toe jordan 13 bred true religion black friday beats by dre black Friday uggs black Friday jordan 13 grey toe michael kors cyber monday north face black Friday kate spade cyber monday legend blue 11s north face outlet lululemon black friday hollister black friday jordan black friday kate spade black friday true religion cyber monday canada goose black friday jordan 13 grey toe kate spade black friday coach cyber Monday jordan 6 black infrared lululemon black Friday north face black Friday coach outlet online canada goose cyber monday uggs cyber monday beats by dre cyber monday nike black friday jordan 11 legend blue victoria secret cyber monday legend blue 11s nike black friday uggs cyber monday lululemon black friday kate spade black friday jordan 11 legend blue hollister black friday uggs black Friday hollister black friday grey toe 13s coach cyber monday kate spade cyber monday beats by dre cyber Monday uggs black Friday michael kors black Friday kate spade black friday uggs cyber monday michael kors cyber monday kate spade cyber monday beats by dre black Friday legend blue 11s north face cyber monday kate spade cyber monday canada goose cyber monday jordan cyber monday uggs cyber monday jordan 6 black infrared grey toe 13s lululemon cyber monday north face black Friday michael kors black Friday jordan 13 grey toe jordan 11 legend blue coach cyber Monday north face cyber Monday bred 13s uggs cyber monday canada goose cyber monday hollister black friday gucci black friday beats by dre cyber monday uggs cyber monday north face cyber monday nike cyber monday victoria secret cyber monday kate spade black friday