Yew

Taxus spp.

Photo of Yew
Photo by Dr. John Meade, weed scientist emeritus
Rutgers Cooperative Extension

English yew (Taxus baccata) is more of a problem than our common yew but, never-the-less, it does cause serious effects. The toxic part for humans (foliage is toxic to livestock) is the seed. Apparently, the fleshy part of the fruit is not poisonous but if the seed is broken open and eaten it is dangerous.

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  1. Rutgers
  2. Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  3. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences