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Yew Taxus

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This plant has high severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Evergreen shrub; leaves alternate, simple, linear; seed axillary, with red, fleshy aril nearly surrounding the green seed. Female selections desired for red "berries" (aril) to contrast with deep green foliage & food source of birds in winter; male needs to be planted nearby for fertilization and production of arils; withstands heavy pruning; utilized as foundation plants, hedges, topiaries, screens, undergrowth shrubs.

This plant has poison characteristics, see below.

Quick ID

  • Shrubs with spirally-arranged, short, green linear leaves
  • Female plants with red arils

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#poisonous#tsc#cpp#poisonous berries#fantz#tsc-c#problem for cats#problem for dogs#problem for horses
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Taxus
    Family:
    Taxaceae
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Poisonous
    Shrub
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are alternate & spirally arranged, linear, and subcoriaceous. They are dark green, glossy, abruptly acute & pointed, paler green below with 2 yellowish-green bands.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Design Feature:
    Foundation Planting
    Screen/Privacy
    Problems:
    Poisonous to Humans
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    High
    Poison Symptoms:
    Nervousness, trembling, slow pulse, pupil dilation, seizures (dogs), difficult breathing, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, convulsions; may be fatal. Early signs: muscular tremors, dyspnea, seizures in dogs.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Alkaloid taxine
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Bark
    Fruits
    Leaves
    Seeds