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 example has been created from garden or nursery material. It has recently received it’s first styling by our up and coming young enthusiast Scott, and the work was carried out under the guidance of bonsai professional Mr. Peter Warren at a recent workshop here. It features deadwood character that include both jin and shari. It has a basic primary branch structure and has great potential with appropriate development of the secondary branching and ramification. The trunk shows both movement and character and is 6cm. across at soil level. The bonsai is 33cm. high with a spread of 68cm. The oval Mica training pot is 40x30x12cm. The makings of a good tree this here that will improve easily with appropriate attention.