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Scientific Name: Taxus baccata
Pronunciation: TACKS-us buh-KAY-tuh
Common Name: English yew
Family Name: Taxaceae
Plant Type: Conifer
Key ID Features: Medium sized tree 10-20 m tall (unless a cultivar); leaves needle-like glossy, flat, emerge light green then changing to dark green, 2-3(-4) cm long x 2-3 mm wide; male cones or fruit-like female cones each with a fleshy red aril nearly fully surrounding a single green seed, oval 8-15 mm long, bright red; male cones on separate plants, 3-6 mm round, yellow-brown. (
Course(s): HORT 1155

Habit: Upright
Form: Oval - vertical
Texture: Fine
Mature Size:
Height:10 - 15m
Spread:7 - 10m
Growth Rate:Slow
Origin: Africa, Central / west Asia, Europe
Hardiness Rating: Zone 6: (-23 to -18 C)
Exposure: Filtered shade, Full sun, Part sun/part shade
Soil/ Growing Medium: Acidic, Alkaline, Well-drained
Water Use: Summer dry
Landscape Uses: Sheared hedge (Caution: poisonous parts)
Additional Info: Google
English yew
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Needle-like, Simple
Arrangement: Spiraled
Texture/ Venation: Leathery
Surfaces: Glabrous
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Acicular, Linear
Apices: Acute
Bases: Attenuate
Margins: Entire

Inflorescence Type: n/a (male cone)
Flower Morphology:Dioecious plant
Colour (petals): No flowers, Yellow, Brown
Flower Time at Peak: Mar, Apr
Additional Info: Dioecious. Males and females produce small yellow flowers in the spring

Fruit Type: Cone (winged seeds)
Fruit Colour: Red
Fruiting Time:
Additional Info: Showy, Accessory tissue, Single ovoid-oblong seed about 8 mm long, partially enveloped by a fleshy cup-shaped disk called an aril.

Bark Morphology: Exfoliating, Multi-stem trunk
Bark or Stem Colour: Red, Brown
Additional Info:Flaking in small pieces

Pest Susceptibility: Pest resistant, Disease resistant
(PPL) Pine PLanting : 226
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