yew hardiness - Knowledgebase Question

Whiteland, In
Question by jactunis
February 4, 2010
I live in zone 6 and have lost several yews over the years. The soil type is heavy clay and we get a fair amount of rain. What gives? Thanks. Jack

Answer from NGA
February 4, 2010


Yews are generally hardy to USDA zone 4 so they should winter over well in your gardening region. If you are losing them, the problem isn't cold but wet conditions. Soil needs to drain well or the roots will suffocate. If you can't amend your heavy clay soil, why not plant them in a raised bed or simply mound the soil up and plant them high? This will ensure the soil drains quickly and the yew's should thrive. Best wishes with your garden!

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