Taxonomy

Taxus baccata | Yew | Iúr

Distribution

Status

Native status

Native

Species Biology

Identification

Flowers: March-April; small cones and minute flowers

Fruits: Seeds embedded in bright red fleshy rounded cups

Twigs & bark: Evergreen; young twigs green and grooved underneath; bark reddish/brown, scaling 

Habitat

Rocky ground, lake islands, woodland

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

Irish distribution

Rather rare in the wild, mainly in north and west, widely planted 

Temporal change

Records submitted to Data Centre in 2021

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Further information

Famously long lived, some believed to be up to 1,000 years old. Ireland's only native yew woodland is in Killarney. The Irish yew (T. baccata var. fastigiata) is more cylindrical and upright and commonly planted in graveyards.

 

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