The ‘Stricta’ Yew, Taxus baccata ‘Stricta’ (‘Fastigiata’), is also known as an Irish Yew. It has a great columnar shape, and larger needles than English Yews.
It is a narrowly upright evergreen tree with almost vertical branching, dark matte green needles and interesting red berries.
Stricta is a good size for home use, making a great tall hedge or screen.
This yew is an excellent choice for hedging where space is limited. It takes pruning exceptionally well, and this slender shrub tolerates shearing. Tolerant of shade, it is also drought tolerant once established.
This Irish Yew has long been considered distinct from other yews for its erect habit and dark green leaves in whorl-like arrangement. Stricta has more crowded, upright branches than the species. Its branches tend to spread near the top, especially in snowy regions.
- Bright-green in all seasons!
- Great columnar shape
- Outstanding as an accent
Family Taxus baccata ‘Stricta’ (‘Fastigiata’)
Foliage Dark Green
Mature Height 15-20 feet
Mature Spread 6-8 feet
Soil Widely Adaptable, Well Drained
Moisture Average, Moist
Mature Form Upright, Columnar
Growth Rate Moderate
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Flower Color Inconspicuous
Fall Color Evergreen