I have been developing this tall Yew over the last 10 years (There is an old photo on my Home page) and it looks like its finally coming together as I would like. The long bottom right branch is taking ages to fill out, cutting back and pinching out needles to force new buds has been the plan for the last few years. I expect the tree to be show ready in three years, by which time I would have re-potted the tree prior to showing.
Yew are one of the best species for creating bonsai, they have beautiful hard deadwood, lush evergreen foliage and beautiful red live veins. In these three videos I explains how he builds branch structure and creates dense foliage clouds.
Here are some of the images from the videos, Click on the video links below to watch the movies.
This is the first styling of the BIG Yew Bonsai, I have waited three years since the tree was potted into this pot, it was VERY healthy so now perfect for the work involved. There are no short cuts when it comes to creating a Yew Bonsai from raw yamadori stock, its a long process of structure, branch creation fine branches and foliage. I guess from mountain to Exhibition this will take 20 years, its already been 8 years since this tree came from the mountain, you can read earlier blog posts where I cut the tree in half, and Potting the tree for the first time
Good aftercare, considered channeling of energy to the areas that I wanted rapid growth and my Tibolar-RS feeding regime has produced this amazing growth on an ancient Yamadori yew that I call George… because he is an English Yew and was collected on St. Georges Day 4 years ago.
George Yew August 15
George Yew March 14
I am happy with this tall yews development, the foliage is filling out well, the lower right hand branch needs a few years to fill out but its worth the wait. I have purchased a lovely Japanese exhibition quality pot that the tree will be finally placed.