LATIN NAMETaxus baccata
About the Yew
Found at a number of locations around the Park, Yew has important medicinal uses for mankind.
Most parts of the tree are poisonous but its leaves are used to produce an anti-cancer drug, while the flesh of its berries can be used as a laxative and diuretic.
The male Yew tree produces cones – like most conifers – whereas a bright red and eye-catching berry grows on the female plant from early September.
Long associated with and planted near graveyards, Yew is a symbol of immortality and is able to rejuvenate itself with the trees living for up to 1,000 years.
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