No garden is complete without at least one tree, and evergreens are a popular choice. They’re generally hardy, and they ensure your outdoor space still holds some interest even in winter. Many of them are also deeply woven into folklore and history, and one that especially applies to is the yew. This dark, mysterious tree has long associations with magic and paganism as well as being famous as the source of wood for the dreaded English longbow. Today, however, it’s a popular tree with gardeners and one of the best choices is the European/American hybrid, Taxus media. Ideal for hedges, as an accent tree or as a standalone centrepiece, this mid-sized yew has complex foliage coloring that gives it a striking presence all year round, and it also puts on a dramatic display of bright red fruit in late summer and fall.

Hicks Yew