Yew (Taxus baccata) has been used for many centuries as a hedging conifer. Yew hedging is slow growing and can form a dense dark green formal hedge which is tolerant of shade. Yew clips well and regenerates from old wood enabling you to cut it back really hard if you need to and it will still regrow which is especially useful when reshaping old yew hedges. Yew can also be kept as a small hedge for use as a border in the same way as you may use Box hedging. Yew is not tolerant of wet places which are best avoided.