Columnar Yew Wanted

Discussion in 'Outdoor Gardening in the Pacific Northwest' started by dt-van, Sep 17, 2017.

  1. dt-van

    dt-van Active Member 10 Years

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    Vancouver, Canada
    Are there any upright yews which can be maintained at about 24" dia ?
    My emerald cedar is a single specimen plant which provides a vertical element in front of a 4' fence. It is healthy, but has grown too large and I'd like to replace it with a slower growing alternative.

    My yard is very shady, so unsuited for cypress and other narrow, sun-loving upright conifers. The cedar has done well, as do hostas, pulmoneria, and a nearby lonicera nitida and rose of Sharon, so I thought a yew might work.

    I like the columnar effect of the cedar , but find that it grows too fast and needs to be cut down and replaced about every 10-15 years. If there are suitable yews, can anyone suggest a source for a decent sized plant (at least 3' high) in the Greater Vancouver area?

    How often should it be pruned to keep it healthy and narrow, but still fairly natural looking? Should I start trimming right away to increase the foliage density, or wait until it is close to the desired diameter?
  2. chimera

    chimera Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Fraser Valley, B.C. ,Canada
    Maybe Taxus x media 'Hicksii', Hicks Yew, would work for you ? Have seen it in the retail nurseries., often sold for hedging material.
  3. wcutler

    wcutler Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Vancouver, BC Canada
    @dt-van, Sorry that I don't know what species/cultivars these are, but I thought of you when I saw these yew trees the other day, both on the same property in the West End, one on Comox and one around the corner on Jervis.
    Taxus_1050Jervis_Cutler_20170923_131234.jpg Taxus_1050JervisComox_Cutler_20170923_131143.jpg

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