English Yew Lifted

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Yew in the Ground

I finally got round to looking at this sickly cheap yew mentioned here recently.

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Of course it was rootbound! ūüėČ

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A lot of these critters found – vine weevil larvae I assume?

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One side rootbase and nebari

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Best side for the front.

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All dead growth removed and a lot more light gets in.

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Most of the foliage removed from the bottom quarter. You can see the trunks now.  A twin trunk possibility in future?

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After trimming of the thickest/longest roots, it has a new home for at least a year until vigour returns. Fingers crossed.

 

 

¬£10? Yew must be joking.

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March 2015. Taxus Baccata (I assume)

Either this was a bargain or else I’m sure some folk may think it was overpriced for what appears to be a sickly shrub.¬† I was out with my family at a garden centre celebrating some Easter activities but as always I was also on the lookout for anything unusual/cheap that could be¬†used for bonsai purposes.¬† This 80cm tall tree was the only one of its kind in a corner of a display bed and disguised behind some magnolias.¬† No information on it at all just a small sticker saying ‘special offer ¬£9.99’.¬† Now, material like this would usually cost 5-10 times as much depending on where you can find it.¬† I’ve¬†rarely come across Yews for sale at this size and definitely not this cheap!¬† The discoloured foliage appears to the only reason for its low price – no apparent signs of fungal/pest problems and when I upturned the pot, there were no roots protruding.¬† Couldn’t pass it up!

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Relatively healthy foliage on one side that was facing outwards, receiving more light.

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Discoloured and sparser foliage on the other side that was facing the back of the display and perhaps has not received adequate light for a long time?

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Discoloured apex – is exposure to winter frost responsible?

I have a healthy yew growing the garden already and am used to some discoloration over the colder months so I am not too concerned about the lack of health at the moment.¬† Maybe I’ll know better when I inspect the roots shortly.

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The interior.

It’s difficult to see clearly but there are three main trunks that are pretty straight.¬† One is considerably thicker than the other two.¬† Not much foliage in the interior so this is definitely a long term project that will involve a lot of regrowing.¬†¬†If it turns¬†out to be a minger of a tree, at least it’ll be material that I can practise deadwood¬†and wiring techniques on.¬† To start with though,¬†tomorrow,¬†I’ll inspect the roots, improve the drainage and thin out dead branches.¬† If I do no work on the roots, I’ll feed it immediately.¬† Either way I’ll shelter it from the wind for a while yet and make sure there’s enough sunlight and water to help it recover.

If anyone has any advice or suggestions, It would be great to hear from you.