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May 21, 2020 7:55 AM CST
Gloucestershire
I planted some 5 to 6 inch high yew (taxus baccata) in April last year.
They are looking good but are growing out sideways (see photos) - compare with bottle for height.
Should I prune the extended shoots to encourage more central growth?
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May 22, 2020 3:25 AM CST
Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
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If you want to control the shape of your yew plants, trim them in early summer after the foliage becomes dark green. Just remove the tips to redistribute the growth hormones on the sides and NOT the TOP tips. If you remove the top tips you will make them squatty. You should get two growth spurts a year, one in spring and the other during mid summer. The pruning will help them grow taller and stronger. They look good.
NOT A EXPERT! Just a grow worm! I never met a plant I didn’t love.✌
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May 22, 2020 11:06 AM CST
Gloucestershire
Many thanks for your reply Luke.
That's just it though, there doesn't seem to be any central growth - its all sticking out sideways. Should I just take the tips off those 45 degree shoots and hope some central growth will get going?

Regards
Geoff (total horticultural ignoramus)
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