The Yew Tree (Taxus Baccata)


THIS romantic but rather sombre tree has for long ages been connected in simple country minds with superstitious stories of illness and death. All the old authorities on trees have lurid tales to tell of its poisonous effect on both man and beast, and it is therefore not surprising that the yew has never had a fair chance in England, but lived out its long life with little help or encouragement.

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HOWARD, A. The Yew Tree (Taxus Baccata). Nature 154, 215–216 (1944) doi:10.1038/154215a0

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