Taxus baccata 'David' / David English yew

Taxus baccata 'David' is a narrow upright selection of English yew with fairly tight fastigiate branching and congested golden yellow foliage with distinct brighter margins. It is a male clone that only rarely produces pollen cones. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 4 feet (1.3 m) tall and 1.5 feet (0.5 m) wide, an annual growth rate of 4 to 6 inches (10 - 15 cm). Mature plants create attractive, formal columns in the landscape, resembling natural exclamation points.

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in 1967 by M.M. Böhmer Nursery, Zundert, The Netherlands. Böhmer named the plant in honor of his son.

Taxus baccata 'David' in the Flora Wonder Arboretum at Buchholz Nursery, Gaston, Oregon.
Photo by David Olszyk
Taxus baccata 'David' — a closeup of foliage detail.
Photo by David Olszyk