Probably a key feature of the Yew is its peeling bark, making the tree look old, a quality highly appreciated for Bonsai trees. Most common species are the Baccata and the Cuspidata. The taxus is a slow grower, with a slim and elegantly shaped trunk. The fruits and its leaves are poisonous.

If you need help identifying your tree, try our Bonsai tree identification guide.


Specific Bonsai care guidelines for the Yew (Taxus)

Position: One of the very few trees that prefer shade, make sure not to place it in full sun.

Watering: Water frequently but make sure the soil is not wet for an extended period of time.

Feeding: Fertilize every 2-3 weeks in the entire growth season.

Pruning: Any significant pruning will need to wait till autumn. If you like the yew Bonsai to grow fruits, don't prune in its growth season.

Repotting: Repot every 2-3 years, using a well draining soil mixture.

Propagation: Use seeds in spring, or cuttings in the growth season.

For more detailed information on these techniques, try our Bonsai tree care section.



Example of a Taxus Bacatta (Yew) Bonsai tree

Taxus bacatta, Yew Bonsai tree