Japanese Yew

Taxus cuspidata

Japanese Yew is an extremely popular planted shrub. Although it is found mainly in pruned shrubs, it can also grow as a small tree. This specimen was found growing to the south of the Modular Educational Unit at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.
Needles are stalked and not whitened on the underside. They grow on both green stems and woody twigs. Needles are arranged spirally. Most needles are less than 1" (2.5cm) long.
Yews have a berry-like structure consisting of a single seed covered by a thick, fleshy, red coating.
The bark of larger yew trees is flaky and peels away in long broad strips.

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