European yew, Taxus baccata


European yew, Taxus baccata, is one of our classic coniferous bonsai subjects.

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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 part styled piece of material yew is from yamadori or wild collected stock that we purchased from Spain some years ago. It spent a number of years in the collection of a regular who has since very sadly died and the bonsai has come back to us. Being wild collected means that the majority of the deadwood is natural rather than created, something generally seen as an advantage. Initially a good deal of branch selection was done followed by a hard cut back and subsequent re-growth of finer twigs. The bonsai is probably at the stage of a refinement re-styling. It is chuhin in size category with a height of 50cm. and branch spread of 60cm. The trunk is approx. 6cm. in diam. and surface roots extend to 12cm across. It is potted in a good quality Chinese round ceramic that measures 34x6cm.