Yew|Taxus baccata Yew branches are laid upon the graves of the dead to remind us that death is a door. Burning yew as an incense is still a traditional means for raising the dead. Yew’s name comes from Eihwaz, the rune for the World Tree, Yggdrasil. The herb associated with Yule, it represents a cusp between life and death. connected to Saturn and Mercury especially in his capacity to travel between. used ritually for transformation, astral travel, necromancy, contacting ancestors
Taxus baccata (English yew) topiary cones come in a range of heights from 140-300 cm. Its relatively slow growth rate means that yew topiary only needs to be clipped once a year in late summer to maintain its shape.