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Jim Doiron

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Spring Activities, collecting taxus
« on: April 01, 2012, 10:33 AM »
Yesterday I collected some 50+yr old yew bushes from a neighbor.  They were some monsters with trunks that are about 6-7" in diameter, weighing in around 100lbs. I'm excited about the prospects with them but haven't had a chance to really develop a design thought on them. Right now I'm just stretching out my back.
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Jim Doiron

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Re: Spring Activities, collecting
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2012, 10:34 AM »
other views, other tree. The second one (right in the picture of both) was wedged between a shed and a sidewalk so the rootball is small on it but it had some good feeder roots right at the base so I feel pretty good about it.
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Re: Spring Activities, collecting taxus
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2012, 03:07 PM »
Nice work!  I collected two trees about this size last year.  The nice thing is that they are relatively shallow rooted, and usually the actual "base" of the tree will be under the soil line so you get a pleasant surprise after it is out of the ground.

For mine, I ended up hosing off all the field soil and plunking them in anderson flats and nursery containers that were 100% inorganic.  Left them out in full sun, and water and fertilized a ton.  This year I did a little more root work and put them into smaller containers and they aren't missing a beat.  Pretty hardy trees.
 

Jim Doiron

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Re: Spring Activities, collecting taxus
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2013, 08:29 PM »
Just did a little work on these. They were a little weak from still having too much clay stuck in the roots but had a lot of new root groth in the better soil around the edges so they should be good now; nothing but well-draining bonsai soil. Hopefully they make a full recovery and flush out. Excited to do some carving in the future on these. Sorry about the photos on the second tree it got dark on me and the kids were getting grumpy and tired.
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Don Blackmond

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Re: Spring Activities, collecting taxus
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2013, 08:01 AM »
that 1st photo shows nice potential.  I'd determine why its weak and correct the issue.  These trees are weeds and can grow in about any conditions.  Get it healthy and growing vigorously and this one will develop into a great tree.
 

Jim Doiron

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Re: Spring Activities, collecting taxus
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2013, 08:18 PM »
Thanks for the reply. I think they were weak because of the soil.  The roots were really strong outside the original soil in the fast draining new stuff so they should make a quick recovery. Did a little more strippig on the second one I'm playing with some drawings of them right now, I post them when I get one I like.  Thanks again
 

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« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2013, 10:16 PM »
I've collected some big ones and I let the live veins that made it swell a few years before a complete carving was done.  Those yews can be tricky about how the live veins run up a trunk.  Nice stuff though.  If you decide not to keep one, PM me  ;D
 

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« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2013, 10:29 PM »
stellar trunks! I have also collected a few yew hedges, they can be brutes! Despite digging them and caring for them, I always decided they werent the plant for me and sold them off.  One, I am not much of a carver--practically every collected yew requires carving to be anything. Two, I just dont like the foliage much.  I dont know why.  I can certainly appreciate the potential in these, no doubt!  I hope they get back on track and you record your styling journey with them.