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European Yew
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Taxus baccata


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Other Names for this Plant

Common Yew


Location

Found in Utah.

Physical Description
It is a small- to medium-sized evergreen tree. The bark is thin, scaly brown, coming off in small flakes aligned with the stem. The leaves are lanceolate, flat, dark green.




European Yew, Taxus baccata - YouTube.com

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General Information

The leaves are highly poisonous.

has soft, bright red berry-like structure called an aril.
The seed itself is extremely poisonous and bitter.
The aril is not poisonous, and is gelatinous and very sweet tasting.
Taxus baccata is the longest living plant in Europe. There are confirmed claims as high as 5,000-9,500 years.

Yew is the wood of choice for longbow making; the bows are constructed so that the heartwood of yew is on the inside of the bow while the sapwood is on the outside. This takes advantage of the natural properties of yew wood since the heartwood resists compression while the sapwood resists stretching. This increased the strength and efficiency of the bow. Much yew is knotty and twisted, so unsuitable for bowmaking; most trunks do not give good staves and even in a good trunk much wood has to be discarded.



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Unknown Pine/Fir/Spruce with Red Berries - November 03, 2009



Unknown Pine/Fir/Spruce with Red Berries
Unknown Pine/Fir/Spruce with Red Berries - November 03, 2009



Unknown Pine/Fir/Spruce with Red Berries
Unknown Pine/Fir/Spruce with Red Berries - November 03, 2009



Unknown Pine/Fir/Spruce with Red Berries
Unknown Pine/Fir/Spruce with Red Berries - November 03, 2009

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