Yew

Tree Description:

0-031    Yew trees (Taxus cuspidata) and their ornamental cultivars are evergreen and thus frequently seen planted in cemeteries as symbols of everlasting life. In our area, most of them are the hardy Japanese yew or its hybrids, while in milder climates one often encounters English yew (Taxus baccata). This specimen and the two east of it, unlike most, have not been sheared and have been allowed to grow in their natural form. They grow slowly, tolerate shade, and can live to very great age (a specimen this large easily could have been planted prior to World War II). Yews are dioecious and only the female trees bear seeds; the leaves are soft and friendly to the touch, but inedible and highly poisonous.

Location:

39.824742 N, 89.655140 W

Map:

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