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What do you propose one does with this yew? I mean, especially with regard to the low branches. Do you propose to make something out of them or cut them off? I'm asking because there are so many of them. If one cuts a lot of them off one risks that a large part of the bark will die. Then the tree loses a lot of the appeal it has now.
I would make deadwood of more than 60 % of the branches, especially the lower ones. The bark will die and make the tree much more interesting. At the moment it looks very young and more like a shrub than a tree.
I think it's shape rather than dead wood that makes the impression of (old) age. If it were dead wood alone the ideal would be something closer to "wooden suiseki": completely dead tree. Having said that, I know from experience that yews do heal over if you do the cutting gradually and properly cover the cuts.
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