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Y for Yew

We’ve finally reached the majestic Yew genus. With only about 16 species still alive today, there are four species that have become extinct and are only known through fossil remains. Old religions used the Yew trees as part of their sacred beliefs, and many cultures used the wood to make bows. However, the seeds of the berries are highly poisonous, which is why it’s best not to eat them.

You’d be surprised how many people grow these trees as bonsais, specifically the Japanese Yew. As part of the Yew family in the Pine order, it’s prized for its stunning lanceolate leaves and beautiful berries. It may be challenging to train it in one of the popular bonsai styles, but it’s not impossible. You’ll find the Japanese Yew specifically in some bonsai museums and nurseries.

If you’ve been with Bonsai Alchemist for the year we’ve been around,  you’ll know how much we’ve covered the Japanese Yew. We have an ultimate care guide for it, and there are tons of related articles on the site with guides. I don’t have one as yet, but I plan on getting this bonsai tree as soon as possible. My local bonsai nursery has one in store for me until I can collect it. I’m excited!

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