Hedges: Yew Hedge Is Dying

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  1. Richard Herbage

    Richard Herbage Member

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    My 30 year old Yew Hedge is showing large brown patches - there are a number of other hedges in the village showing the same
    - is this treatable?
    - am I likely to lose the hedge
    - if i do nothing will I make it worse, or might it recover?
    Richard
    Polebrook, Northants, England
     
  2. togata57

    togata57 Contributor 10 Years

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    Fear that it may be Phytophthora ramorum.

    http://www.fera.defra.gov.uk/plants/publications/documents/pRamorumPoster.pdf
    Yew pictured at bottom right; possibly useful email address and phone number below it.

    Could be other problems---root rot, or other stress factors:
    http://www.ashridgetrees.co.uk/blog/dead-and-dying-yew-trees-and-hedges/

    And here is the address for the Royal Horticultural Society, to which you can send a sample for diagnosis, or correspond with via computer:
    http://www.rhs.org.uk/Gardening/Help-advice/RHS-Advisory-Service

    Please give us photo(s) if you can do so.
    Also tell us if you find insects or evidence of them, oozing sap, or any other symptoms.
     
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  3. Richard Herbage

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    Thanks - looks like the picture - can't see any oozing sap - will contact Defra
     
  4. maf

    maf Contributor Maple Society 10 Years

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    We also had a drought in Northamptonshire this year, which may be a contributing factor, (although Yews are considered fairly drought tolerant). My parents and many of their neighbours have Yew hedges, I will check to see if there is any sign of blight or dieback on those.
     
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    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Could it be getting 'watered' by a dog? "K9P" is quite toxic to a lot of plants.
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Yews are sensitive to impeded drainage, prone to root rot. However, if the problem is general there maybe it is due to drought.
     
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    (I am 15 miles away from Polebrook where the OP lives)

    I checked the ones here (70+ year old hedge) and they are a little tatty looking, especially the areas that have been sheared this summer where many brown leaves can be seen. I cannot see any evidence of dieback or blight, but they are definitely much less lush looking than they would normally be. Here it just looks like a reaction to the drought, but the OP may have more serious problems.
     

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