Yew (Taxus baccata) is a dense, dark, evergreen with bright green spring growth and Autumnal red fruits. It is relatively slow growing and easy to maintain.. Yew requires plenty of water whilst it establishes but doesn’t do well in waterlogged soil. Drainage can be improved when planting to avoid this. It is generally easy to grow in all soil types, especially alkaline. It is also tolerant of shade. Trim once per year in Summer or early Autumn.