Taxus baccata #2 at Cathays Cemetery

Taxus baccata 0

Taxus baccata in fruit
mid September 2021

Grid reference ST 18244 78723
Common name Yew
Common name English yew
Common name Common yew
Origin Europe, W. Asia, N.Africa
Deciduous No
Map section J
Height 11M September 2021
Girth Multi-stem
Reference 768

This is a female tree. It is on the south side of the first junction on the northern-most path leading from the chapels.

Taxus baccata bark

Taxus baccata bark
mid September 2021

Taxus baccata foliage1

Taxus baccata foliage & green fruit
mid September 2021

Taxus baccata foliage2

Taxus baccata foliage & red fruits (arils)
mid September 2021

Taxus baccata fruit1

Taxus baccata ripe fruit
mid September 2021

Taxus baccata fruit2

Taxus baccata showing seed within aril
early October 2021

General tree description

Taxus baccata is a small to medium sized tree, typically ranging from 10 to 25 metres tall. It has a broadly conical shape often with a pointed tip. Its bark is scaly and grey, purplish or red brown. In age it may develop a short, very thick trunk, often burred. The leaves are linear with an abrupt point, 2 to 4cm long and 3mm wide, and very dark green with dull yellow-green undersides. They are arranged spirally round the erect shoots, but in one flattened rank either side of the side shoots. Male and female strobili (flowers) appear in spring, on separate plants. Flowers on male trees are small and globular, turning yellow and shedding clouds of pollen in February. Female trees bear minute, solitary green flowers, inconspicuous until developing into fleshy bright red fruits (arils) in early autumn. Each fruit contains a single poisonous seed. The leaves also are highly toxic.