I have 3 fairly large mature Yews, about 6 to 7 ft. high by 7 ft spread at...

Asked August 28, 2013, 8:58 PM EDT

I have 3 fairly large mature Yews, about 6 to 7 ft. high by 7 ft spread at bottom. They are at least 20 years old and look beautiful, but a couple have gotten too large for the area. I'd like to cut them back at least a foot or more, but I believe most if not all of the "greenery" would be gone. If I did cut them back that far, would they eventually grow green needles or what are you suggestions?

Ramsey County Minnesota pruning yew

1 Response

Here is a link to pruning and much more. I am guessing you are correct and most of the green will be gone, sadly it will not come back. If you cannot limit them by lightly pruning then remove them and replace with a plant that will stay in the proper form.
http://www.sustland.umn.edu/maint/evergreen.html#3a