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Common Shrub Species of the Northwest Forest

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Taxus canadensis
American Yew
Taxaceae (Yew Family)

Description

American Yew General - evergreen, coniferous shrub, up yo 1.5 m tall; branches dense, spreading; bark nearly smooth.

Leaves - flat, evergreen needles, forming flat sprays along the branches; green on both sides, attached in a spiral to twig on twisted stalks.

Flowers - tiny, cone-like; inconspicuous in the leaf angles; male and female flowers on separate plants; appearing in May.

Fruit - fleshy, red orange, cuplike aril surrounding a single seed; appearing in July.

Habitat

Newfoundland west throughout NW Ontario's boreal region to Manitoba; in shaded forest areas on fresh/moist, mineral or organic soil types.







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