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Is is it safe to plant veg close to yew trees?

General    York, UK

There is an area of our garden in the SW corner that we pinpointed over the weekend for growing some veg in but our neighbour has some conifers growing close to the fence. I asked him what kind they were and he said that they are European Yews - which I thought were poisonous? Is it alright to plant within a few meters of these trees or might it affect anything I grow? It seems the ideal spot for the vegetable patch, south facing, a good distance from the house and free of shade most of the day until the sun dips behind the neighbours trees. What do you think? I really appreciate all the answers people have been providing to help me get started


Posted by: Johnboy (2 points) Johnboy
Posted: April 8, 2013




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The poison in yews is only in the tissue and seeds but I can't imagine it would leach into the soil and be taken up by roots. I've had a blackberry patch next to yews before (about 5-10 feet away) and there's never been an issue. If you are really concerned you could make a raised bed garden and dump some clean fill in. But if I was in your situation I wouldn't think twice about it really.

note: I've done some digging online and I've only found that the leaves, bark, and seeds are poisonous....nothing about the roots (and I already know the flesh of berries isn't poisonous). I definitely wouldn't worry about a garden nearby.


Posted by: Kathryn Fiedler (72 points) Kathryn Fiedler
Posted: April 8, 2013


Johnboy commented,
Thank you so much Kathryn. That's great news!
over 7 years ago.



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There are many toxic plants and trees in the US but the only one I know that is toxic for plants is the American Walnut. It leaches a substance into the ground called jugalone (not sure of the spelling). It inhibits the growth of other plants. I'm not sure of the safe planting distance from the American Walnut but I do know this info is correct .


Posted by: deactivated (2 points) deactivated
Posted: April 8, 2013


Tanya in the Garden commented,
The term for the growth inhibition is allelopathy. You can find lists of plants online that are not affected by juglone. In general, if a plant is affected, you'd want to plant as far away as possible but definitely outside the dripline. A handful of other plants are also allelopathic.
over 7 years ago.

Johnboy commented,
Very interesting, I did not know anything about jugalone or allelopathy - I have learned something today - many thanks
over 7 years ago.



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