Yew seeds are the second highest-level seed that can be grown in a standard tree patch, after magic seeds. Players must have level 60 Farming to plant it. Boosts are allowed, but the assist system cannot be used to plant the seed in a pot nor the seedling in the tree patch. Also, if you use a boost to plant a yew seed, you don't need to boost your Farming level again to prune the tree.
A Yew seed, when planted in a pot, allowed to sprout into a sapling and then planted in a Tree patch, may grow into a Yew tree. Planting the seed gives 81 experience and checking the health gives 7069.9, for a total of 7150.9 experience per seed (unless the tree dies while growing).
A fully grown yew tree can be cut to yield yew logs and grant Woodcutting experience. After it is cut down, it will eventually regrow, however it is also possible to use a spade on the cut tree roots, yielding the player some yew roots and make the tree patch available for planting a new tree. With level 80 Summoning, a hydra may be used to instantly regrow cut down trees in tree farming patches. Alternatively, players can right click and clear the tree. This instantly removes the tree whether or not it has been cut down from the patch, making the patch available for a new seed to be planted, but no yew roots or logs are obtained.
Yew seeds can be bought from the Vinesweeper minigame for 29,000 points per seed by trading with Mrs. Winkin, though this method of obtaining a yew seed is not advised, as checking the health of the yew tree at full growth will yield much less experience (less than a quarter) than if one was to trade 29000 points for the experience reward.
They may also be obtained from a bird's nest that has dropped from a tree, by exchanging the drops from a giant mole under Falador Park, or as a drop from a Strykewyrm and Kree'arra. It is also possible to obtain this seed from the Managing Miscellania rewards at Miscellania (after Throne of Miscellania) and Etceteria (after Royal Trouble).
The farmer will tend a player's yew tree for 10 cactus spines. However, for Yew trees, it is much cheaper on average to just use supercompost and not pay the farmers. Around 1 out of 8 yew saplings will die. In a test of 257 yew trees with no farmer payments, only 36 died.
Planting a Yew seed is also a part of an achievement in the Falador Tasks, which is to cut down a yew tree you grew in the Falador Park.
|Payment||10 cactus spines|
|Time||400 minutes (10x40 minutes)|
|Seeds per||1 seed|
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|General Graardor||210; 624||1||Rare|
|Nex: Angel of Death||7000||3–5||Uncommon|
|Ice strykewyrm||106||1||Very rare|
|Jungle strykewyrm||93||1||Very rare|
|Item quantity required||1|
|Base junk chance||34.0%|