So I’ve got this nice piece of deadwood that I wanna make a tanuki with. Someone here suggested I use a Yew, and I agree, seeing as the deadwood on a yew looks like what I’ve got.
My question is, as a young tree, I can get Taxus Baccata (European Yew) and Taxus Media Hillii (the male hybrid between European and Japanese Yew). The latter has denser shorter foliage and grows 360 around the branch, unlike the European one where you get lateral needle pairs. I take it the Media foliage will be better for bonsai, but it is equally suitable for Tanuki specifically? Since it’s a hybrid, I feel like it might be a slower grower.
Here’s a pic of the deadwood piece I have: