Discover the ‘everlasting’ tree.
- Average height and spread up to 20 metres by 20 metres
- Foliage: Evergreen
- Leaves: Straight, small needles with a pointed tip, colour ranges from dark green to green-grey.
- Native to UK: Yes
Did you know?
- Yew is one of the longest lived native tree species in Europe. The Llangernyw Yew, the oldest yew in Wales, is estimated to be 4,000 and 5,000 years old.
- Yew trees have been thought to symbolise life and death throughout history; often found in Churchyards, the drooping branches of a yew tree can root and form new trunks where they touch the ground, thus allowing the tree to ‘resurrect’ itself.
- Further adding to the symbolism of death that follows the Yew tree, its red berries that form in Autumn/Winter whilst invitingly juicy are toxic when eaten. They contain taxane alkaloids that have now been developed as anti-cancer drugs.