Hard Pruning Taxus Baccata

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Hard Pruning Taxus Baccata

Post  Lee Brindley on Sun Feb 06, 2011 3:20 pm

Considering that yews back-bud much more frequently than most other conifers, can they be had pruned in the same way as a deciduous tree, i.e. remove all branches and regrow from a stump?

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Hard Pruning Taxus Baccata

Post  Guest on Sun Feb 06, 2011 4:57 pm

Hello Lee. The answer to your question is yes. I have collected many forest Yews and cut them to a stump. They have never had foliage on them and within a few moths are covered in new buds. The example I've posted was collected 4 years ago and was about 20 feet tall. It was reduced to 2 1/2 feet and planted in a large wooden box.

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Post  jersanct on Sun Feb 06, 2011 5:37 pm

Thanks for passing this along, Will. I have collected several yews from old urban gardens over the past few years, and some of them have great bases and trunks but only long branches--I patiently have been trying to get them to back-bud while retaining the outrageously long branches. It turns out this may be completely unnecessary.

Is late Winter/early Spring the time to do this?

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Re: Hard Pruning Taxus Baccata

Post  Lee Brindley on Sun Feb 06, 2011 6:11 pm

will baddeley wrote:Hello Lee. The answer to your question is yes. I have collected many forest Yews and cut them to a stump. They have never had foliage on them and within a few moths are covered in new buds. The example I've posted was collected 4 years ago and was about 20 feet tall. It was reduced to 2 1/2 feet and planted in a large wooden box.

Thanks Will. I have just collected a yew from some waste ground where it had been run over by a digger. There is lots of sucker growth on the trunk, but no lower branches, so I think this will be the way to go if it survives.

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Post  Guest on Sun Feb 06, 2011 6:37 pm

Hello Chris. I have found the end of Feb, through March to the middle of April are good for survival rates.

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Re: Hard Pruning Taxus Baccata

Post  Loke Emil on Sun Feb 06, 2011 8:20 pm

will baddeley wrote:Hello Chris. I have found the end of Feb, through March to the middle of April are good for survival rates.

;-)

Speaking of survival rate...Will. It is often stressed that one should get as much root mass as possible when collecting trees... But how smal a root mass will a Taxus Baccata accept as a minimum? i.e how much root did you save on that particular stump you show here when it was dug? (do you by chance have any photos of the roots prior to potting?)

I'm asking this because I have a tax approximately the same size in my garden - the tax needs to go, but I thought it would be to big to dig... Your tax makes me reconsider options ;-)

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Re: Hard Pruning Taxus Baccata

Post  Guest on Sun Feb 06, 2011 11:30 pm

Hello Loke. I have no early photos of this tree but the rootball was considerably larger than when it went from box to pot. From memory the rootball was about a foot (300mm) from the side of the trunk, making it about 3 ft (1m) in diameter. Once established, (2 years) it was removed from the box and the large anchor roots and stubbs were pruned back as far as possible, while preserving as much fibrous root as possible.

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