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 an outstanding example of bonsai yamadori or raw material, certainly for its size one of the best we have seen for a while. An excellent flair to the base of the trunk which measures 9cm. across at soil level. You can see from the photo how the trunk breaks early into a number of very mature branches from which a selection can be made to form the primary branching. Really almost an embarrassment of branches available in the canopy with which to work. The height of the tree is 46cm. making clearly destined for the chuhin class of bonsai. Branch spread is 58cm. A rare opportunity to acquire a blank canvass with which to create exceptional bonsai in the chuhin class. Arguably the most risky part of creating from yamadori, the first repot, has already been done placing the tree in a nice Japanese unglazed oval pot 39x34x5cm.