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WESTERN YEW
Taxus brevifolia

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Photo Locations: Tilden Regional Parks Botanic Garden - Berkeley, CA

General Notes

Fairly drought tolerant. Seeds are poisonous. Bark contains medicinal properties used for cancer treatment. Relatively rare tree.

Native to Northwestern North America.

Trees may be referred to as male or female.

Family: Taxaceae

Additional Common Names

WESTERN YEW, OREGON YEW

Tree Characteristics

Erect or Spreading and requires ample growing space.

Oval Shape.

Has Evergreen foliage.

Height: 20 - 40 feet.

Width: 10 - 20 feet.

Growth Rate: 12 to 24 Inches per Year.

Longevity Greater than 150 years.

Leaves Linear, No Change, Evergreen.

Flowers Inconspicuous. . Has either male or female flowers (dioecious). Trees may be sold as male or female.

Red Aril, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Fall.

Bark Dark Brown, Light Green, or Purple, Scaly.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderately Dense in Leaf.

Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 3 - 7 and 14 - 17.

USDA Hardiness Zones 4 - 10.

Exposure Full Sun to Full Shade.

Moist to Dry Soil.

Drought tolerant.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Highly Acidic to Neutral Soil pH.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.

Pests & Disease Information

Susceptible to Mealy Bugs, Scales and Spider Mites, Oak Root Rot and Root Rot.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Medium.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Moderate.

Allergy and Poisonous Health Hazard.

Fire Resistance is Unfavorable.

Not Deer Palatable.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Taxus brevifolia Tree Record." 1995-2018. Apr 23, 2018.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/taxus-brevifolia >

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