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All information gathered first-hand, since 1995

Yew wood is hard and heave, and elastic. It was used for England's long-bows in the Middle Ages.


The bark is reddish-brown to grey, with large flakes.

Leaves. The "needles" are very dark green above and yellowish-green beneath, flatter and shinier than the other regional "evergreen" trees; 3 mm wide, 10-40 mm long, arranged in two rows along the side branches.


The male cones are small, rounded, yellow cones with overlapping scales. The female cones are bright-red "berries", with a single visible seed inside.

Habitat. Parks and gardens; some of the train stations of the Train des Pignes.