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Western Yew, Oregon Yew
Scientific Name: Taxus brevifolia Nuttall
Family: Taxaceae
Western Yew, Oregon Yew (Taxus  brevifolia)
"Taxus brevifolia", Picture U.S.D.A Forest Service, Courtesy of the Hunt Institute
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 1-6,14-17
USDA: 5-9

Sun Exposure: Part sun to shade

Origin: Pacific Coast of North America, from southeastern Alaska, southward to central California, in moist mature forest at low to middle elevations.

Growth Habits: Slow-growing evergreen shrub or tree, 20 to 40 feet tall (6-12 m), or more in favorable sites; droopy horizontal branchlets; linear to lanceolate, sharp-pointed, spirally arranged leaves, 0.5 to 1 inch long (1-3 cm)

Watering Needs: Little water once established

Propagation: Branch tip cuttings in the fall, layering, seeds (need cold stratification)

The anti-cancer product Taxol is derived from the bark of the Pacific yew. Most part of the yew are poisonous and should be considered potentially deadly.

Blooming Habits:

Fruiting Habits:
The female trees carry red, fleshy, ovoid, fruits, about 0.4 inch long (1 cm) maturing in one season. The fruit is poisonous.

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