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Dryburgh Abbey

Tree ID: 1993

Yews recorded: Ancient 4m-5m

Tree girth: 434cm

Girth height: at 30cm

Tree sex: unspecified

Date of visit: No data

Source of earliest mention: 1838: Arboretum et fruticetum


The ‘well proportioned yew was supposedly planted by monks in 1136, predating the abbey and making it nearly 900 years old. Due to its relatively modest girth there has been some discussion as to whether it really is this old. However, historical records show a slow growth rate suggesting that there is indeed a good chance that it is the original tree’. Notes reproduced with permission from www.bordersforesttrust.org The tree’s circumference was reported by Sir William Jardine in 1837 as 12′ at 1′ from the ground. In 1890 a girth of 14′ 3” at 1′ was recorded.

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Yew trees at Dryburgh Abbey:

Tree ID Location Photo Yews recorded Girth
1993 Dryburgh Abbey Images Currently Unavailable Ancient 4m-5m 434cm at 30cm - view more info