Taxus canadensis (Canadian Yew) is a conifer native to central and eastern North America, thriving in swampy woods, ravines, riverbanks and on lake shores. Locally called simply “Yew”, this species is also referred to as American Yew or Ground-hemlock.
It is usually a sprawling shrub, rarely exceeding 2.5 m tall. It sometimes forms strong upright central leaders, but these cannot be formed from spreading branches, only from the original leader of the seedling plant. The shrub has thin scaly brown bark. The leaves are lanceolate, flat, dark green, 1–2.5 cm long and 1.5 mm broad, arranged in two flat rows either side of the branch.
The seed cones are highly modified, each cone containing a single seed partly surrounded by a modified scale which develops into a soft, bright red berry-like structure called an aril, open at the end. The seeds are eaten by thrushes, waxwings and other birds, which disperse the hard seeds undamaged in their droppings. The male cones are globose, 3 mm diameter. It is a monoecious plant – one of the few in the genus.
(From Wikipedia on 12.10.13)

Taxus canadensis from Brampton, Canada-GS05112022-1: 4 very high res. images.
Sharing Taxus canadensis, a native evergreen shrub here often grown as hedge, with narrower leaves and aril somewhat broader than our species. Photographed from Brampton, grown as hedge, 4-11-2022.


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Please help me in identifying this plant.
Place : Brooklyn Botanical Garden (New York, USA)
Time: 17th April, 2001
A small plant about 2 ft high and spreading on the ground.

Should be Taxus sp.

Looking at the habit, T. canadensis

Could be comparing with net image!
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SK1691 02 Jan 2019 : 10 posts by 4 authors. 3 very high res. images.
Location : Jackson Height, New York, USA
Date : 24 October 2013
Altitude  25 m.
Habit : Cultivated
Which Taxus sp. ?

The fruit reminds me of the english yew. a taxus. may be taxus baccata. only the person who planted it would know if it came with a tag from the nursery or we did an extensive photography for id purposes. so need more pictures. the red aril is edible, but the black seed (and all parts of the yew) are highly toxic

It was on a roadside.

i hope you took lots of pictures of the whole tree

It was just a beginning and ignorant about the aspects of plant photography then, so not many pictures of the plant.

…, There is no shame in admitting ignorance when one is first learning.
I have been learning for only 8 years and I only now realize the importance of taking an excessive amount of images – the entire plant, leaf front, leaf back. bloom, back of bloom, leaf arrangement along the stem, the margin of the leaf, venation, seed pod, etc. Oh, so many images needed to obtain an identification. The photo of the Yew berry is exquisite. Be proud of what you have done and no need to apologize for what you have not done.

I guess I have improved a bit with the guidance and suggestions from you and other senior members but still a long way to go.

Taxus canadensis Marshall ??

Yes, possible as per Singh ji’s recent post.

… may confirm.

Yes Taxus canadensis is possible as bush appears monoecious.




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