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Taxus baccata/Yew, Common Yew, European Yew, English Yew

Taxus baccata / Taxus baccata
Relatively old specimen at Villa Carlotta on Lake Como in Italy
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Relatively old specimen at Villa Carlotta on Lake Como in Italy

A close view of the narrow leaves and spent flowers

Foliage and new spring growth

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Scientific Name: Taxus baccata
Common Name: Yew, Common Yew, European Yew, English Yew
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Needleleaf
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8 Determine Your Zone
Height: 30-50 feet
Spread: 15 - 20 feet
Fruit present: Summer, Fall
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
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Comments: This is a very popular evergreen tree in the cooler regions of the country. Cannot tolerate the hot, humid coastal region very well. Often used as a hedge plant and as a free-standing lawn specimen. They grow to be very old and tolerate a wide range of growing conditions. The form of trees vary considerably from pyramidal to broad-rounded with advanced age. The leaves are flat and are arranged spirally around the stems. The bark is thin and scaly. The seed is surrounded by a red fleshy material.