Wanna turn my yellow Hick's Yew green

goofyisgreen(Z8 PacNW)October 28, 2011

I bought what I learned was a "Hick's Yew" (columnar), about 4 feet tall from a blowout sale from a nursery that was relocating, at bargain price.

When I bought it, it was root-bound, wrapped in a burlap ball in a "clay" type of soil. The needles are well-developed, firmly attached. It's a nice-looking plant EXCEPT it is yellow, rather than green (I originally thought it was a golden yew).

It looks, and acts healthy. Just seeking some advice, now that it's planted, about transforming that yellowish tinge to the more appropriate deep green of the Hick's Yew.


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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Monrovia describes Hick's as "glossy dark green." So one thought is wrong label.

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    Bookmark   October 28, 2011 at 11:02PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Discolored yews are common here. It will always mean there is something wrong with the plant. Maybe yours just needs to be fertilized (with nitrogen) or maybe it has root rot. As a rule yews need excellent drainage, although I was just in an area (Diablo Lake) where there are Pacific yews growing just above a flood zone.

    Bookmark   October 29, 2011 at 1:39PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

it has a magnesium deficiency. As always, you do need to get a pretty good idea what the specific problem is before you can expect your response to solve it.

You could try applying a granular fertilizer formulated and sold for use on evergreen trees and shrubs to see if there is any greening. Do it now, before the soil is chilled by winter cold and nitrogen becomes less available.

    Bookmark   October 29, 2011 at 1:42PM
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When your shrubs turn yellow it means it needs fertilizer, but if the needles are falling off or getting tan, your shrub is a gone. Good luck.

Here is a link that might be useful: Hicks Yew

    Bookmark   April 22, 2013 at 4:56AM
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