Taxus (Taxus baccata L., 1753) is a genus of small coniferous trees in the yew family Taxaceae, it is widely used in landscaping and ornamental horticulture or it is used for formal hedges and topiary. Taxus is also known as the “tree of death”.
It is a small to medium-sized evergreen tree, the bark is thin, scaly brown, coming off in small flakes aligned with the stem. They are relatively slow-growing and can be very long-lived, and reach heights of 10–20 meters, with irregular globose top and low-positioned branches.
They have dark-green leaves, 3 cm long, arranged spirally on the stem, but with the leaf bases twisted to align the leaves in two flat rows either side of the stem. The leaves are poisonous.
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