Japanese Yew Wired

Today and yesterday I worked on this dwarf japanese yew. Lots of detail wiring was done but not every single branchlet was wired – only those that really needed redirection. Wiring every little twig may sound good but it is often not necessary. Still, this took awhile but that`s probably because I like to drink wine and watch movies while I wire 🙂

With lots of fertilizer and cutting, this tree should fill out nicely by the fall. The last major task this tree needs is fixing the first branch on the right. It is emerging at the wrong angle and is too long. Practically every branch on this tree (except the first on the right) has been hollowed from below and pulled down. The same task needs to be applied to the first branch, although the tree is not established enough right now for heavy work since it was repotted this spring. Maybe next year.

Nice and shaggy

Half done.

Done for now. Very thin, but being a yew it will fill in very quickly. More foliage will also hide the defect in the first branch on the right. The `key` branch is actually the first branch on the left. This needs to grow out and be pulled down more.

This is pretty close to the desired profile of the tree. I could have achieved this silhouette in today`s wiring, but instead I cut back most of the branches hard to work on developing branch structure.

3 Responses

  1. crust

    As always good works. I love this little yew. I have none and know little about them. They always look so luscious.

    July 4, 2012 at 9:33 am

  2. Thanks! Luscious is a good term to describe yew foliage. So dark green and dense… its great stuff. I got really lucky with this one… found it at a garden center some seven years ago. A rare find and, if not for it, I probably wouldn`t have a yew either.

    July 5, 2012 at 11:10 pm

  3. I like your wiring routine with the glass of wine and a movie. Sounds very relaxing.

    July 6, 2012 at 5:45 pm

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