|yew (Taxus sp.)|
yew (Taxus spp.; YEW FAMILY [Taxaceae]) Our species are evergreen shrubs with flat, minutely stalked needles, 2-ranked on smooth twigs. Needles distinguishable from fir and hemlock by lack of obvious pale lines of stomates on underside. Cone is small, red, fleshy, and berry-like. Our single native species almost eradicated by deer browsing, but Japanese yew is widely planted as an ornamental shrub or hedge. 
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