Yews - browning and shriveling on new growth
We have 4 spreading yews in front of our porch. They are several years old and have been very healthy plants. This year as new growth began to grow I noticed the ends were shriveling and then turning brown. I noticed on only one bush and it has progressively gotten worse. I am noticing that it is starting to spread to the other bush next to it. It does not look like winter kill.
Fairfax County Virginia
Yews can be finicky, if you have it near a down spout or as a foundation plant, they tend to get 'wet feet' root rot and can not be reversed. I would check drainage and make sure your shrub is not getting too much water. If you are close to the Fairfax Government center, you can bring a sample and photos to our office 12011 Government Center Parkway, 10th floor....or call our Master Gardener Help Desk 703-324-8556
Also, here is a publication that touches on some issues with Yews:
I hope this helps!