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Yew Plants

The tree originally known as Yew is Taxus baccata, although now it is frequently called English yew, or European yew. Yew trees can grow to be 30 to 60 feet tall, but some may reach 90 feet. Yew leaves are highly poisonous. A soft, bright red structure that looks like a berry surrounds each Yew seed. Each Yew cone containing a single seed.

Grow Yew

Only the red fleshy part of the Yew is not poisonous, and this allows birds to eat it seed and all, then disperse the hard seeds undamaged in their droppings. Yew trees and shrubs require a soil with good drainage. Yews are slow growing and can either be left unpruned, or pruned into a hedge. Yew trees over 2000 years old are not uncommon. Yew tree boughs often hollow with age, making ring counts impossible.

Yew Uses

Yew seeds are extremely poisonous, but are eaten by some bird species, like Hawfinches. Yew has been used as a poison for hundreds of years. Yew wood was used to make longbows. The chemotherapy drug Paclitaxel can be derived from the leaves of European Yew, and the bark of the Pacific Yew.

Yew Facts

Yew is a common name given to various species of trees, most prominently trees and shrubs in the genus Taxus, including Taxus baccata, or Common Yew, Taxus brevifolia, or Pacific Yew, Taxus canadensis, or Canadian Yew, and Taxus globosa, or Mexican Yew. Yew is also used for any of various plants in the families Taxaceae and Cephalotaxaceae. One of the oldest surviving wooden artifacts is a yew spear head. Yew bark and wood is highly poisonous, and so are the seeds. It is very important to keep small children away from Yew trees.

Yew Farms

It may be possible to find any yew farms near your location. We have built a map that will show all of the berry farms in our directory!

Yew Stories

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Best bets: Hotel Vancouver, Yew at The Four Seasons, Tableau at the Loden, or Hawksworth at The Hotel Georgia. Find our ... FEAST | Pack up and head out to Krause Berry Farms in Langley for the 19th annual Feast of Fields this Sunday. Presented by ... Scout Magazine (blog) [ story ]

Randy Danson, Andy Prosky & More to Star in AND MILES TO GO at Wild ...
Stephanie Berry (MTC's Drowning Crow on Broadway), Tre Davis (The Rubber Room at FringeNYC), Brian D. Coats, Devika Bhise, Keona Welch and Gabe Millman with set by Jason Simms, costumes by Whitney Locher, lighting by Lucrecia Briceno, sound by ... Ross ... Broadway World [ story ]

Good morning: Language can be fascinating subject
If you are an English teacher, you will enjoy this article. If you are not an English teacher, you might learn something; I did. I saw these words — homonym, homograph and homophone — and decided to do some research, which then got me started on ... Freeport Journal-Standard [ story ]

Photo - Coblands Nurseries - Tonbridge, Kent, England

Selected Species

Canadian Yew
Common Yew
Mexican Yew
Pacific Yew

Other Species

Catkin Yew
Chinese Yew
Florida Yew
Himalayan Yew
Japanese Yew
New Caledonian Yew
Plum Yew
Southern Yew
Sumatran Yew
White Berry Yew

Other Names

English Yew
European Yew
Western Yew

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