The Common Yew is an ornamental tree for parks and gardens as singular tree, to shape hedges or as a bonsai. Topiary. Gates, bows and crossbows are made from its wood as it is very flexible. Important medicinal species with the extraction of an antitumoral substance from the leaves and the bark.
Evergreen conifer growing up to 20m with long, pointed and dark green needle-like leaves. Tiny white flowers at the end of the winter. The fruit is round, fleshy, toxic and scarlet red in winter. Adapts to any soil but prefers well-drained ones.
Depending on the geographical areas and altitude sowing can take place from October to March. To obtain a more regular and faster germination stratify in cold the seeds for 12-18 months before the sowing. It is possible to use a sowing substrate for potting or soil from the garden together with a sowing substrate if the sowing is made directly into the garden. The substrate must be wet but not soggy until the germination is completed.