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Taxus cuspidata

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Description
Japanese yew is a lovely ornamental plant, with its dark green foliage and contrasting red “berries” (actually fleshy cones) - and very poisonous. While legend once considered even the shade of the yew tree dangerous to anyone who slept underneath it, this is a step too far. Suffice to say, that no part of the yew should be consumed. It can best be appreciated visually.
Invasive tendency in Connecticut.
Hardiness
-30 - 10 F
Bloom Time
March and April
Provenance
From a cultivated plant not of known wild origin
Range
S Russian Far East to N China and Japan
Habitat
Mixed conifer and conifer-deciduous forests in lowland to lower montane altitudes; 100-1600 meters
Topic
Trees
Living Collections
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Smithsonian Gardens Tree Collection
On Display
Smithsonian Castle
Data Source
Smithsonian Gardens
Accession Number
2015-2178A
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Common Name
Japanese Yew
Group
[vascular plants]
Class
Equisetopsida
Subclass
Pinidae
Order
Cupressales
Family
Taxaceae
Genus
Taxus
Species
cuspidata
Life Form
Evergreen tree
Average Height
10-40'
Bark Characteristics
Redish brown, scaly bark
Bloom Characteristics
Male flowers are small, spherical, and in axils of leaves. Female is a cone-like structure which is singular, green, and also in the axil of the leaves.
Dioecious
Yes
Foliage Characteristics
Needles can be straight or curved, are dull green on top and pale green beneath with two yellowish bands. Needles have a sharply pointed tip. .5-1" long. All yew leaves are poisonous.
Fruit Characteristics
Fleshy red cones resemble berries (aril), and are about 12mm in diameter. They ripen in August-November.
Structure
Varies; broad; irregular; pyramidal; upright
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ax713c688cd-069f-4567-98f5-3d9e1b0cdd7b
Record ID
ofeo-sg_2015-2178A
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
Photographed by: Hannele Lahti
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