Chinese Yew (Taxus chinensis)

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Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6a -23.3 °C (-10 °F) to -20.6 °C (-5 °F)
Plant Height: to 60 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Late fall or early winter
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Dioecious
Conservation status: Endangered (EN)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Endangered
credit: Bruce Marlin

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jan 14, 2020 1:01 PM

I have never seen the Chinese Yew. It is usually a tree with a rounded or pyramidal crown that can get up to about 60 feet high with a 5 feet wide trunk diameter. It is noted as having for a yew short, thick needles with papillae on lower needle midribs. It is native to southern China and Vietnam in mountainous areas from 2,800 to 8,500 feet above sea level in forests and along streams. This species is noted as being good to extract the anti-cancer drug from the bark and leaves called Taxol. There are some planted in arboretums and botanical gardens in the USA, but it is not used in the nursery trade.

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