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.
I cannot help feeling that the photos do not quite do justice to this chuhin example. It has been created from wild collected material, otherwise known as yamadori. It features deadwood features that include both natural and created examples. It has a very mature primary branch structure and has great potential with improvements in the secondary branching and ramification. The trunk is showing real signs of age and is 10cm. across at soil level. The bonsai is 45cm. high with a spread of 40cm. The high quality Japanese ceramic is 30x24x8cm. Already a good tree this will improve easily with appropriate attention.