Plant Care English Yew

English Yew

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About English Yew

English Yew is a relatively rare houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

Plant parents describe this plant as being a survivor with only 69 being grown with Greg around the world. Check out the reviews below for more details!🌟

English Yew likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

English Yew belongs to the Taxus genus, and is native to Europe, Atlas Mountains, Asia Minor, and the Caucauses.

⚠️ English Yew is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.


Taxus baccata

Also known as

European Yew

How to care for English Yew


How often to water your English Yew

Water needs for English Yew
0.5 cups
every 9

English Yew needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Denver, Colorado.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of English Yew

Water 0.5 cups every

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Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for English Yew in Denver, Colorado

Denver, Colorado

36% Very Low

Growing English Yew in Denver right now

Light needs for plant English Yew in Denver, Colorado

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

January 28th, 2023

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Denver is currently low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determinin…

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Light needs for plant English Yew in Denver, Colorado

Sunlight will increase by 33.2% ☀️

January 27th, 2023

Denver is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Denver is expected to increase by 33.2% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 10.5 megajoules of energy per m2 per…

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Light needs for plant English Yew in Denver, Colorado

Daylight will increase by 1.0 hours 📈

January 28th, 2023

This month, Denver is getting an average of 8.5 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 10.2% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.3 total hours of dayl…

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Finding light for English Yew in your home

Light needs and placement for plant English Yew: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

English Yew love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Denver, Colorado ⛅.

English Yew does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


How to fertilize English Yew

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for English Yew: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your English Yew after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

When to repot English Yew

Nutrient needs for plant English Yew in Denver, Colorado

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

January 24th, 2023

The growing potential in Denver is low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to repot …

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Difficulty Level

English Yew is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for English Yew

English Yew

English Yew

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Denver, Colorado, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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