Yew - Taxus baccata


    Tree or bush to 20 metres, bark reddish brown and flaking, leaves shiny dark green narrow and pointed, in two rows. Flowers green, males with many yellow stamens, the female solitary or two together. Fruit enveloped in a fleshy aril, red.

    Identification difficulty

    Various locations, usually only individual plants.

    When to see it

    February to April.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Fairly frequent throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 138 of the 617 tetrads.

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