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Tree  Yew Trees

Yew - Photo  Copyright 2000 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

UK Safari Tip:
To help you identify different trees get the colourful fold out chart called "Tree Name Trail" from the Nature Shop - click here

Latin name: Taxus baccata

Size: Grows to around 15m high. Usually round in outline.

Distribution: Found throughout the UK. Often planted in parks for its ornamental qualities, and as hedges.

Flowering months: The flowers, which look like tiny buds, appear between March and April. Seeds appear between September and October.

Special features: The bark of the tree is reddish brown in colour. The bark, leaves and seeds of this evergreen tree are highly toxic, and yet the bright red berries which surround the seeds are eaten by many birds. The berries are harmless, and the poisonous seeds, which the birds cannot digest, pass through the birds safely.




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