European yew, Taxus baccata

£175.00

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.

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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.

There is a deceptively large amount of interest in this seemingly simple chuhin size example. There has been some well created deadwood features on the trunk including both jin and shari. The simple but well positioned primary branching in quite mature in girth, what is now required is significantly more secondary branching with ramification to follow. That shape needs to fill up with branching and foliage. Not a difficult job to do with this very responsive species. The bonsai is 32cm. high with a spread of 36cm. The trunk base is 3cm. in diam. at soil level.  It is in a nice quality unglazed Chinese oval ceramic that measures 25x20x5cm.