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Taxus cuspidata

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

Tolerant of urban conditions and drought, very cold hardy

Description:
Evergreen shrub; leaves alternate, simple, linear; seed axillary, with red, fleshy aril nearly surrounding the green seed
Height:
4-6 ft.
Foliage:
Narrow, dull green leaves arranged in V-shaped rows; 0.5-1 in. long
Flower:
Small, red fruit
Zones:
4 to 7
Habit:
Evergreen
Site:
Sun to shade; prefers well-drained, sandy soil; tolerates a range of soil types
Texture:
Medium to fine
Form:
Vase-shaped; compact, dense
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 green seed is toxic.
Toxic Principle:
Alkaloid taxine
Severity:
HIGHLY TOXIC, may be fatal if eaten!
Found in:
Forest or natural area, rare in mountains; landscape as cultivated ornamental woody shrub
Width:
5-7 ft.
Tags:
evergreen

NCCES plant id: 1807

Taxus cuspidata Taxus cuspidata
Photo by Juuyoh Tanaka, CC BY - 2.0
Taxus cuspidata T. cuspidata fruit and leaf detail
Photo by Tatiana Gerus, CC BY-NC-2.0