Field Grown Yew

This little yew was grown from a cutting and spent about 7 years in open ground. It had been choked out by others growing around it and was the smallest of the 10 that where planted.

It got a very basic styling last year. This is it getting it’s second wiring to try and position the primary and secondary branches.

After 40 minutes wiring, weeding and plucking.

a slightly different angle.

It has a nice little wide root base but some cleaning will be required.

The deadwood will need to be refined to get rid of the current bulky look. Shari will be added down the line joining together some of the deadwood areas.

5 comments on “Field Grown Yew

  1. Nice tree mate. I really like studying the yew trees in Hillsborough Forest park – pretty old specimens given the rate at which they grow! I’m field growing a couple of saplings that I bought last year. What technique did you use on this wee tree of yours? Did you just let it grow out over the seven years and then trunk chop? I’m not too sure what to do with several of my coniferous saplings in the ground – is it better to let them grow unhindered to bulk up faster or should I prune the apex and direct the growth to the base throughout the growing seasons?


    • Hi Ben,

      I spotted a big yew in Botanic Gardens today. I’ll do a post on it later in the week.

      Field growing is an art in itself! I wish I had put more effort into mine over the years.I wish I had them in my own garden but they were at my parents and I rarely bothered. It all depends what you are trying to achieve from the tree, massive base, trunk taper, movement etc. Each species is different as well. Probably easier to chat to you about it next time we meet up.


  2. Ian is so right in saying that field growing is an art in itself ! much more involved than most folk think , would be worth devoting part of a school day to it at some time in the future ??? perhaps when we have dealt more fully with other more basic elements


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