Taxus baccata 'Gracilis' / graceful English yew

Taxus baccata 'Gracilis' is a robust, broadly globose selection of English yew with dense, slender branching; and species-typical, fleshy, dark-green foliage. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 6 feet (2 m) tall and wide, an annual growth rate of 6 to 8 inches (15 - 20 cm).

This old cultivar is obscure and virtually non-existent in the nursery trade. It is known to exist in only a few large arboretums. J. Nelson first named and described it in his 1866 book, Pinaceae: Being a Handbook of the Firs and Pines.

Taxus baccata 'Gracilis' — a 1934 accession at the New York Botanical Garden, The Bronx, NY (USDA Hardiness Zone 7a); photo from 2020.
Photo by Katherine Wagner-Reiss