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Sorce

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Fresh Yard Taxus
« on: May 06, 2014, 05:53 AM »
This was collected last week. Reduced all trunks 2-4 feet. There was 3-4, 1 inch thick roots escaping the original potted root mass, after those were cut, I was left with a 1 foot ball of feeders, mostly in pot clay.

After washing out the core of clay about 80%, ( very dense feeder mass )I was able to cut those escaping feederless roots back and get it in this lovely pot from Marshalls. Lol! There was an 80/20 mix of perlite/dirt at the bottom, and I worked a mix of oil dry, pine bark, rocks, and a little dirt around the top, covered in sphagnum.

I cleaned off the flaky bark which was creating a pest haven, exposing the amazing red live veins. Damn is that a pretty color!? (Wet)

The larger dead branch with no foilage will be removed and carved a bit around the base, this will give it a nice base, and kill the reverse taper swell at the bottom.

With evidence of low budding in the past, I'm hoping it will pop. I'd like to start a canopy at the top of the taper, about a foot up.

With all the mangled Taxus around in old yards, my wife is gonna kill me! I love this species.

What do you think?


 

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Re: Fresh Yard Taxus
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2014, 05:56 AM »
Mas photos.
 

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Re: Fresh Yard Taxus
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2014, 09:52 AM »
I think you need to reduce these trunks significantly.  Consider carving to add interest, but it looks like its WAY too tall.
 

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Re: Fresh Yard Taxus
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2014, 07:35 AM »
Nice Taxus Sorce,

I see a opportunity to carve the hell out of this plant(Graham Potter style). Maybe remove some of the trunks, or completely turn them into deadwood and carve them. Simply wait until you manage to get some buds popping lower on any of those trunks, the carve those that didn't have any buds popping on them.

Good luck buddy

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I think you need to reduce these trunks significantly.  Consider carving to add interest, but it looks like its WAY too tall.
 

Hi Wayne,

Wouldn't this kill a taxus? aren't taxus like most evergreen conifers where one must leave active buds on the end otherwise the branch dies back?

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Re: Fresh Yard Taxus
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2014, 02:15 PM »
I could go two routes here.  I'll be honest though and say that I thought this one was deciduous like larch (right?) and Bald Cypress. 

If all-at-once would kill it, reducing it over time ought to be possible, though it becomes less appealing.
 

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Re: Fresh Yard Taxus
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2014, 02:55 PM »
Thanks guys.

So far so good, the new buds are still growing.

Where it sits, the lower part remains shaded.
I actually wont touch this one for a while, hoping once it gets a bit more sun it will bud back.

If not....?
 

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Re: Fresh Yard Taxus
« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2014, 03:04 AM »
Hi Sorce,

Yes I think that is the best course of action. Let it grow wild for 2 seasons then cut back hard in the middle of summer. Hopefully it pops buds lower down on the trunk. I'm positive this will happen, my Yew pushes buds on the trunk, and it's in red clay, I water it once a week on a wednessday. Plus I've never fertilized it ever, so if you have it in a nice free draining mix and you fertilize and water it just right for the next two seasons, you may get an abundance of buds popping on the trunk.

I'm going to attach some pics(next post, work doesn't allow uploading and downloading from the net) of the young buds that popped this spring on my yew's trunk.

Wayne, Yews are slow growing evergreen conifers. I have a pic of my BC next to my yew for you

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« Last Edit: May 09, 2014, 03:26 AM by Herman »
 

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Re: Fresh Yard Taxus
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2014, 03:28 AM »
My pics are too big, I will take smaller ones tomorrow while I'm busy wiring the apex of my white pine

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Re: Fresh Yard Taxus
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2014, 03:40 AM »
Awesome Herman thanks. It will be good too see!
 

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Re: Fresh Yard Taxus
« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2014, 03:21 AM »
Hi Sorce,

http://bonsainut.com/forums/showthread.php?11263-Yew-Design-Ideas

Thought you would want to read this thread...

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Re: Fresh Yard Taxus
« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2014, 03:26 AM »
Couple of pics
 

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Re: Fresh Yard Taxus
« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2014, 06:31 AM »
Alright! Thanks Herman.

Great thread for a confidence booster.

Your Taxus is like mine, only full.

Are you going to cut it down that far?

Mine is still putting out growth, needles almost out. I found a bug, I think one that chews the semicircles in the needles. I burned it, havent seen anymore.!

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Re: Fresh Yard Taxus
« Reply #12 on: May 12, 2014, 07:40 AM »
Hey Dude,

Nope I want to get it into a raised bed and fertilize the heck out of it. I want a really big trunk before I begin styling. So it may be a LOOONG term project. But at least i wont have any difficulty in getting buds to pop lower down on the trunk when it reaches the girth I want it to be. I may just prune away some branches shading the bottom branches in the middle section of the trunk

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Re: Fresh Yard Taxus
« Reply #13 on: July 09, 2014, 09:55 AM »
How is this bad boy Taxus doing, any updates?

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Re: Fresh Yard Taxus
« Reply #14 on: July 09, 2014, 07:16 PM »
Argh. Kind of odd. Or not?

Its here on the afternoon- sun -cooked back porch, everything in the shade has yellowed and dried. Except one part turned blackish brown amd died.  ?

Everthing in the sun is alive and budding new. Some old needles falling but i think healthy.

Are these prone to die back where roots are cut that support them?