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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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map