European yew, Taxus baccata, is one of our classic coniferous bonsai subjects.
It has great characteristics for bonsai and being native is very hardy and easy to grow. It responds well to living in a pot and all other bonsai techniques. It is also probably the UK’s old living tree species, the years of the most venerable examples being measured in the the thousands rather than the hundreds .As a bonsai the species will typically be created using three main elements, deadwood features using both branches and trunk, Jin and shari, prominent live veins and the contrasting green of the foliage areas. The extent to which you follow this recipe is, of course, down to your own personal preference.
This is pre-bonsai or raw material. It will have been field grown in tree nursery possibly in the Netherlands. The tree is 55cm. high with a spread of 56cm. Across the base at the widest point the trunk measures 6cm. The only pre shaping that has been done involved some branch selection and some basic deadwood creation from eliminated branches. In fact it is pretty much a blank bonsai canvass. It is potted in a Mica training pot 32x27x10cm