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Banzai! or Bonsai - No Matter Where Yew Go...



This muscular Japanese yew resides at the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum in Saitama, Japan. Though we can't see the back, it's possible that the single live vein in the front is the only support for the large, lush crown. And just in case you didn't notice, that's a very distinctive jin...

No matter where yew go, there yew are. Okay, this is really bad pun though it is a simple truth that might be summed up something like... If you're dissatisfied, even if you win the lottery you'll still be dissatisfied. It's from from an obscure movie from a long time ago, called Buckaroo Banzai* (speaking of puns...)

One of the great things about yews is, because they grow almost anywhere and are a favorite foundation planting in landscapes, it might be possible to find good ones for bonsai in your own front yard (suburban Yamadori). Or someone else’s front yard (don’t get caught!… just kidding)
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Rugged tree, rugged pot. Like the tree above it's a Japanese yew (Taxus cuspidata). It belongs to Walter Pall. It's 55cm (21.5") high and over 100 years old. The pot is by Walter Venne. The tree was originally collected in Korea

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Another great thing about yew is their cinnamon bark and their bright yellow green new leaves that pop out in the spring. And they take to bonsai culture like fish to water
The only downside is the wood is exceptionally hard. This makes carving a challenging task. Even cutting larger branches can tax (whoops!) your tools.

*The whole title is The Adventures of Buckaroo Bonsai Across the 8th Dimension 


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