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Hiya - Matty here, haven't been here for a long, long time but I have a problem I can't find an answer to.
I have just bought a very nice (and expensive) yellow magnolia. I want to plant it about 6ft away from a hedge. but I have been told by some that the small yew in the hedge will have poisoned the soil and by others that it will not affect the soil except for shade (there is  none)
Can anyone offer me some advice - thanks

There is only one yew


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,299
    Yew may poison mammals but not other plants

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Beaus MumBeaus Mum Posts: 3,550
    Hi Matty 😊 Lovely to see you xx
    sorry don't know the answer to your query but nutcutlet has replied 😊
  • Allotment BoyAllotment Boy Posts: 6,420
    Even at  6ft  away the soil may lack water & nutrients remember the roots of  hedging trees may extend  at least as far as the height & often further. 
    AB Still learning

  • treehugger80treehugger80 Posts: 1,923
    the only shrubs i know that can poison the soil are rhododendrons and black walnuts, yew should be absolutely fine
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,086
    edited March 2018
    Hi Matty  :)   I agree with the above ... if I remember correctly the long border (or at least one border) at Gt Dixter is backed by a gorgeous yew hedge ... doesn't seem to stop anything growing there ... the plants are gorgeous.    :)

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,086
    Here we go ... Christopher Lloyd used loads of yew at Gt Dixter ... hasn't stopped anything growing there

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,817
    Thank you all
    I will plant the tree. I have already lots of very good quality soil improver which I have used before in the area with some success.
    Right - nice day today- I will get the mattock out and begin to dig  HOLE.
    The magnolia is called 'Yellow Bird'

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