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How to Plant a Yew Tree

By Kathryn Hatter ; Updated September 21, 2017
Plant a yew tree in a home landscape.

Many yew tree varieties grow vibrantly throughout western, central and eastern regions of the United States. Because the light and soil requirements of the evergreen yews are broad and varied, these trees grow readily in many home landscapes. As long as you amend the garden soil with compost and the growing location receives some shade throughout the day, expect a yew to grow into a healthy evergreen tree.

Choose a growing area that receives partial shade throughout the day. The growing area must be large enough to accommodate the full-grown yew tree. Some yew varieties grow up to 20 feet tall and the spreading cultivars sometimes become as wide as 15 to 18 feet.

Dig a hole for the yew tree with the shovel. Spread the tarp near the digging location and dig the hole twice as deep and twice as wide as the root ball of the yew tree. As you remove the soil, place it onto the tarp.

Add one part compost to the soil on the tarp and mix the two materials together well on the tarp.

Refill the hole halfway with the soil and compost mixture.

Remove the yew tree from its temporary container. Carefully place the tree on its side in the container and roll the container back and forth as you press on the sides of the container. This will loosen the tree from the container. Pull the tree from the container and place it into the prepared hole.

Add more soil and compost mixture to the hole to finish planting the yew tree. Tamp the soil and compost down firmly with your hands to make sure the soil packs tightly around the roots of the yew tree.

Water the yew tree generously immediately after you plant it. Keep the yew tree evenly moist during the first month after planting to ensure the tree acclimates successfully to its new growing location.


Things You Will Need

  • Shovel
  • Tarp
  • Compost
  • Yew tree
  • Water

About the Author


Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.