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Taxus chinensis

Common Name(s):

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TAKS-us chi-NEN-sis
This plant has high severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

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. 

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.

Cultivars / Varieties:
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#evergreen#small tree#poisonous#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#winter interest#cpp
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
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#evergreen#small tree#poisonous#heat tolerant#drought tolerant#winter interest#cpp
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Taxus
    Species:
    chinensis
    Family:
    Taxaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Wildlife Value:
    Birds
    Edibility:
    Red arils in small amounts are edible, seeds, bark, leaves are poisonous.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Poisonous
    Shrub
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Pyramidal
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12-24 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Needled Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Needles
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    fine
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Barrier
    Screen/Privacy
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Songbirds
    Problems:
    Poisonous to Humans
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    High
    Poison Symptoms:
    Nervousness, trembling, slow pulse, pupil dilation, difficult breathing, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, convulsions; may be fatal
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Alkaloid taxine
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Bark
    Leaves
    Seeds