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Pacific yew (Taxus brevifolia)

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  • Needles: About 1" long; dark green above and lighter green below (not white); pointed, but not sharp; leaf margins rolled under; needles occur in a single plane.

  • Fruit: Small red "berry" with a single large seed (actually an aril).


  • Bark: Thin, purple, and scaly. Used to treat cancer.
  • Distribution: Native to the Pacific coastal region from southeastern Alaska southward into California. Occur from 2100-8000 ft. (650-2500 m) elevation.



For more information about this species see "Trees to Know in Oregon".

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