A shade tolerant native tree of medium size, which makes an excellent hedge. The seed is poisonous. With exceedingly strong wood, this tree outlives many others. Yews that are over 1000 years old are often found in churchyards. The leaves are leathery and sharp pointed needles. The seeds will attract birds in winter.
Cones: The male and female flowers are usually found on different trees. The male cones are small, rounded, and yellow with overlapping scales. The female cones are bright red and berry like, enclosing a single seed.
Timber: The timber is hard, very durable, strong and elastic. The timber is used for cabinetwork, wood sculpture, etc.
Soil Types / Habitat: It prefers moist, well drained soil. It is pH adaptable. It does well in sun or shaded areas, but keep out of windy areas.