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Taxus chinensis

This plant has poison characteristics. See below.
Common Name(s):
Chinese yew
Categories:
Poisonous Plants, Shrubs, Trees
Comment:

If you are looking for an interesting evergreen for your landscape, Chinese yew, in the Taxaceae family, may be the answer.  This small evergreen tree somewhat resembles a hemlock but grows only 10 feet in height.  A specimen just outside the lath house at the JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University is still performing magnificently after many years. You may actually be familiar with many other members of this family of trees but perhaps don’t realize it.  Known by the common name of yews, they can be tree form, shrub-like, dwarf or prostrate in habit.  Whatever the shape, all yews are narrow-leaved evergreens with needles about an inch long in two ranks that are spirally arranged along the green twigs. This tree is easy to root from cuttings, responds well to pruning, and is tolerant of heat, drought, sun and shade. 

Height:
10 ft.
Flower:
Grown for foliage. The fruits of the Chinese yew are most distinctive. The yew produces a fleshy berry about the size of a pea and is open on one end to reveal a single, hard seed inside.
Zones:
5b to 7
Habit:
Evergreen
Site:
Sun to partial shade; moist, well-drained soil
Texture:
Fine
Form:
Upright pyramid
Poison Part:
Bark, leaves, seed pit (red, fleshy surrounding part, called the aril, is OK to eat)
Poison Delivery Mode:
Ingestion
Symptoms:
Nervousness, trembling, slow pulse, pupil dilation, difficult breathing, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, convulsions; may be fatal
Edibility:
EDIBLE PARTS: The red arils, in small amounts, are edible. The seeds are often poisonous, so be sure to teach children not to randomly eat parts of any landscape plant, yews included.
Toxic Principle:
Alkaloid taxine
Found in:
Forest or natural area, rare in mountains; landscape as cultivated ornamental woody shrub
Width:
10-15 ft.
Tags:
heat tolerant, cpp, small tree, drought tolerant, evergreen

NCCES plant id: 1806