Western Yew

Taxus brevifolia
  • Description: Evergreen tree growing 2 – 15m tall. Bark is papery and reddish-brown with flat needles that are light green on top and striped underneath. ‘Fruit’ is a single seed encased by a red fleshy cup.
  • Habitat: An understory species found in moist old-growth forests.
  • Pair with: Douglas-fir, western redcedar, salal, evergreen huckleberry, sword fern, and false lily-of-the-valley.
  • Fun Fact: The seeds are very poisionus to humans. The bark contains taxol, an important medicinal compound. The ‘fruit’ is actually a fleshy cone, known as an aril.

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