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Common Yew

Taxus baccata

Plant Data

Order:
Pinales
Family:
Taxaceae (Yew)
Type:
Evergreen tree
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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Green, no petals
 
Male flowers are pale yellow or green and globular. Female flowers resemble green scaly buds and turn brown with age. Male and female flowers appear on separate trees.
Fruit:
The red fruit looks like a berry but is called an aril. Inside the aril is a seed which is very poisonous. The fruit only grows on female trees.
Leaves:
An evergreen tree. The flat, dark green, linear leaves are needle-like and can grow up to 4cm long.
Maximum Size:
20 metres tall
Foraging Notes:
All parts of the tree are extremely poisonous, with the exception of the arils (the flesh of the berry). Ingestion can result in serious illness. It is the taxines in the Yew tree which make this tree poisonous.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
English Yew, European Yew.
Frequency (UK):
Common
Habitats:
Gardens, hedgerows, parkland, scrub, woodland.