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Offline Stickhead

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Is this English Yew?
« on: May 07, 2020, 10:21:16 am »
I have a small tree / large shrub that's growing too close to the house, and I need to give it the axe.  It looks different than the yew bushes I have, in that it grows more vertically, and has leaves lined up on opposite sides of the twig.  It has no cones or berries, so I assume it's a male.  I'm in Northern VA.  I think a couple of the trunks are large enough to have bows in them. 

So is it a yew?





Offline PEARL DRUMS/PEARLY/PD/DRUMS

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Re: Is this English Yew?
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2020, 10:23:37 am »
Yup, that's a yew tree. What variety? Got me there.
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Offline Hawkdancer

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Re: Is this English Yew?
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2020, 10:32:40 am »
Might get your county or city forester to look at it for yew >:D (lol) Pun intended!  Couldn't resist!
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Offline DC

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Re: Is this English Yew?
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2020, 10:33:31 am »
The needles look like Hicks Yew but Hicks looks more upright(multi stemmed) than your pictures. Hicks is a hybrid and I can't find what it's parents are. Maybe one is English Yew.

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Re: Is this English Yew?
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2020, 10:38:25 am »
Do a search on Taxus baccatta and see if that's what you've got. I'm thinking it is English Yew.

Offline Stickhead

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Re: Is this English Yew?
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2020, 11:01:38 am »
Do a search on Taxus baccatta and see if that's what you've got. I'm thinking it is English Yew.
Iím thinking thatís it.  I donít think the bark is red enough for Pacific yew.

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Re: Is this English Yew?
« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2020, 11:07:36 am »
It's not Pacific. Pacific has completely different needles, more like a thin scaggely Hemlock.

Offline PatM

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Re: Is this English Yew?
« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2020, 11:45:47 am »
It is just a variation of European Yew.   "English" yew is not really a species.  It's just a Yew tree grown in England.

  Yew trees with leaves growing all around the twig are a cultivar of a yew from Ireland that randomly produced this quirk.

  There are also hybrids between Japanese and European Yew.

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Re: Is this English Yew?
« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2020, 01:09:58 pm »
Good info.  Thanks, guys!

Offline dylanholderman

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Re: Is this English Yew?
« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2020, 01:11:17 pm »
Yes itís some kind of yew, I wouldnít discount it once being the bush style yew that has just been neglected and grown big.
Iíve seen neglected yew bushes that are 12í-14í tall and almost as wide.

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Re: Is this English Yew?
« Reply #10 on: May 07, 2020, 01:16:44 pm »
It's quite common to find yew planted next to buildings as an ornamental.   Many are just left to grow rather than pruned to shape.

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Re: Is this English Yew?
« Reply #11 on: May 07, 2020, 07:56:49 pm »
In Iowa we have a lot of yew planted around grave yards.It's always been called Irish yew.More columnular or ornamental type by entry ways.I harvested some once by a house in town after given permission.Very thick growth rings and very light weight.
Your looks different.
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Offline bownarra

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Re: Is this English Yew?
« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2020, 12:30:58 am »
That could be a picture from my local yew grounds and I live in England. :)

Offline Hawkdancer

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Re: Is this English Yew?
« Reply #13 on: May 08, 2020, 01:32:42 am »
Got to watch out for them Irish folk!  They are very close to the land and the "bow fairies"!  Be sure to leave a wee nip of uisge beatha in the shop!  Works wonders! >:D (lol) :BB!   (lol)!
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Re: Is this English Yew?
« Reply #14 on: May 08, 2020, 10:44:04 am »
show us the staves and billets  )W(