yew tree


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical.
Enlarge picture
yew tree

yew tree

Looks like a pine tree, but is NOT a pine tree. The "needles"/leaves are toxic, but the berries are edible (not the seed of the berry). It is distinguishable by its SOFT, FLAT opposing needles (pine needles are hard, not soft). This tree is strong medicine. The drug Tomoxifin, used in the treatment of breast cancer is made from this tree. If you prune the tree, it will produce fruit later in the summer, - a tiny red berry with a hollow hole in the bottom containing the seed. You can eat the red flesh but spit out the seed which is toxic. You can tell it's ready to eat when the birds are eating the fruit. The fruit tastes amazing, like a sweet dessert that melts in your mouth.
References in periodicals archive ?
For a chance to win a copy answer the following question: Where is Scotland's oldest yew tree located?
The safety of our service users, staff and visitors is of paramount importance to the Trust and, following appropriate checks to ensure that there were no tree preservation orders attached to the site, or individual tree, a decision was made to remove the decaying yew tree from the Uffculme site.
But it has started sprouting berries, something only female yew trees do.
Councillor Steve Melia, who represents Great Barr with Yew Tree ward, said: "I have had a number of concerned residents contact me.
The hedge includes saplings from other famous yews across Britain including trees at Borrowdale in Yorkshire, which feature in William Wordsworth's 1803 poem Yew Trees, and cuttings from the Fortingall Yew in Perthshire, which is reputed to be 4,000 years old.
There are hundreds of yew trees in Britain more than 500 years old - but the 60-ft wide giant at St Cynog's is believed to be the daddy of them all.
Yew Tree Cottage, High Dales, Embleton, Alnwick, is for sale at a guide price of PS350,000, from George F White tel: 01665 603231.
The London Evening Standard reported that "a police analysis of his computer found he had searched for information about yew trees.
Ask god who knows What use he meant dark yew trees for.
The work on Yew Tree Primary includes building an extension to the atrium.
Currently, an extract from yew tree bark is used to industrially manufacture the compound paclitaxel.
The Duke of Northumberland is seeking permission to fell a 45ft yew tree which has stood for years in Alnwick.