The trees at Keele

We have over 150 species of tree on campus, not counting the 240 species and varieties of Flowering Cherry! Amongst them are many of our common native species as well as some more unusual ones. So, if you can't tell a Beech from a Birch or just want to know a bit more about them then read on!

Irish Yew Taxus baccata 'Fastigiata Aurea'

Irish Yew The Irish Yew arose as a "sport" in Co. Fermanagh in 1780 from a normal female Common Yew. It has a distinctive upright habit.

Typically the leaves are very dark green but the form 'Fastigiata Aurea' is, as the name suggest, golden yellow and is illustrated opposite. It is widely planted in churchyards and large gardens.

Location : lawns below Keele Hall.