Do yews do well in windy winter locations?

(Question)

Hello! I am looking to plant a yew hedge along the west side of my property, which is exposed to windy winter conditions (near Lake Ontario). Would yews be a suitable hedge (specifically Taxus baccata ‘Semperaurea’ or Taxus baccata ‘Aurescens’)? Thanks and regards.

(Answer)

Thank you for contacting the Toronto Master Gardeners with your inquiry.

English yews  Taxus baccata ‘Semperaurea’ and ‘Aurescens’ are easily grown in average, medium moist, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Both tolerate part shade, but their golden foliage becomes more chartreuse as shade increases. Unfortunately, Yews are most susceptible to winter wind and sun burn and as a result are best sited in locations an area that is protected from the cold winter winds.

You may wish to refer to our Gardening Guide on Evergreens Suitable for Hedging.