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Taxus brevifolia

Phonetic Spelling
TAKS-us brev-ee-FOH-lee-uh
Description

Pacific Yew is an evergreen conifer native to the Pacific Northwest of North America.  It has evergreen needles and bright red fruits.  It grows in understory in fir, hemlock, and vine maple forests.  

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#understory#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Taxus
    Species:
    brevifolia
    Family:
    Taxaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    The wood is strong and resists decay is used to make fence posts, canoe paddles, tool handles. Native Americans used the wood to make spear handles, harpoons, poles, and eating utensils. It was used by the Salish people to make bows and is still used in bow making today.
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Alaska to western U.S.A.
    Wildlife Value:
    Deer, elk, and moose browse on this plant. Fruits are enjoyed by songbirds.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Problems:
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses