Taxus baccata 'Repens Aurea' / Repens Aurea English yew

Taxus baccata 'Repens Aurea' is a a dense, low-growing, prostrate female selection of English yew with yellow or yellow-margined needles held in ranks of two. The terminal branches grow horizontal and undulating while the laterals are uniformly drooping. After 10 years of growth, a specimen can be considered mature at 14 inches (35 cm) tall and 4 feet (1.3 m) wide, a rate of growth of 3 to 5 inches (7.5 - 12 cm) per year, considerably more outward than up.

This is a fairly old cultivar that is unfortunately of unknown origin. It is commonly seen misnamed in the nursery trade as, 'Repandens Aurea.' The Royal Horticultural Society, as taxonomic authority for conifers world-wide insists that 'Repens Aurea' is, in fact the correct name for this plant.

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Photo taken at Hidden Lake Gardens in 2011, labelled Taxus baccata 'Repandens Aurea' at that time.
Photo by William Dunagin

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