The Q&A Archives: Heavy Pruning Of Yew Shrubs

Question: I severely pruned several Yews in my front yard leaving only the branches approx. 3 to 4 feet high with very little green growth.

I was wondering if I cut back too much and if they will grow back with new growth. If they grow back, approximately how long will it take for new growth to appear?

It has been about 3 weeks since they were pruned.

Answer: It is still too early to give up. The best time to do that type of severe pruning would be very early spring. However, the plants may still be able to sprout from dormant buds along the stems. This can take weeks and even sometimes months as the plants gather energy and "decide" to recover from the shock. Make sure you keep the soil evenly moist (but not sopping wet) during the recovery period if natural rain does not.

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