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Pacific Yew

Taxus brevifolia



First Noted by Expedition
September, 1805, on the Lolo Trail.
 

Description
Poisonous, nonresinous, evergreen tree with angled trunk often twisted or irregular and with broad crown of slender, horizontal branches; sometimes shrubby. Height: 50 ft (15 m). Diameter: 2 ft (0.6 m).
 

Habitat
Moist soil of stream banks and canyons; in understory of coniferous forests.
 

Range
Extreme southeastern Alaska south along coast to central California; also southeastern British Columbia south in Rocky Mountains to central Idaho; from sea level in north to 7,000 ft (2,134 m) in south.
 

Note
The strong wood has been used for archery bows, poles, canoe paddles, and small cabinetwork; however, the limited supply and small dimensions restrict use.

Species information from enature.com
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