|Grid reference||ST 18244 78723|
|Common name||English yew|
|Common name||Common yew|
|Origin||Europe, W. Asia, N.Africa|
|Height||11M September 2021|
This is a female tree. It is on the south side of the first junction on the northern-most path leading from the chapels.
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.