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General Category => General Bonsai Discussion => Topic started by: Larry Gockley on November 07, 2011, 07:48 PM

Title: Yew confuse me
Post by: Larry Gockley on November 07, 2011, 07:48 PM
After a move a year ago from zone 10 to zone 8a, I can now grow different species. I picked up a yew and looked up species care.  I was told at the nursery that he leaves the yew out all winter, where it can get in the mid teens, but read elsewhere not to let it freeze. I also read one article saying to keep it in full shade, and another said to give it lots of full sun. I am confused. I realize there are different kinds of yew, but I don't know the scientific name of this one. Ideas from yew growers would be great. Larry
Title: Re: Yew confuse me
Post by: Dave Murphy on November 07, 2011, 09:12 PM
The Japanese yew, Taxus cuspidata, is very will laugh at a zone 8 winter.  The English yew, Taxus baccata, is also hardy but less so then T. cuspidata.  It would still not have a problem with your winters, I would think.  I would definately NOT give it full sun in Texas, morning sun with dappled shade after would be best.  For the record, the yews that I grew in MA for a bit before moving to N. GA are doing well.  I give them a few hours of midday sun (no choice for me) and they have continued to grow well.
Title: Re: Yew confuse me
Post by: Owen Reich on November 08, 2011, 07:14 AM
Yew should not worry about winter at all  ;).  I've had a few in Georgia and Tennesee. Yews are very resilient to most conditions and also very poisonous.  Many Taxus at garden centers and in the landscape are English / Japanese crosses and are named Taxus x media 'Densiformis', 'Hicksii', etc. Japanese yew is called "Ichi" here in Japan alluding to it being the highest growing plant on the mountain.  I have always wanted to try a Taxus cuspidata 'Emerald Spreader' so if anyone has one in bonsai training, I'd love to hear your thoughts.  The wood on old yew is extremely hard and i've gotten in trouble a few times here abusing tools to get the effect I wanted when carving.  Ryan Neil reccomended roughing out the initial design then let the trunk rot to form hollows for a Densiformis I have.  It will take years but will be worth it.
Title: Re: Yew confuse me
Post by: Larry Gockley on November 08, 2011, 09:55 AM
Thanks a lot Dave and Owen. I said I did not have the scientific name, but the tag did say Japanese yew. It has a lot of new growth on it, as do my cedar elm and crape myrtle this time of year, when the summer heat leaves. Thanks a lot. Larry