Taxus baccata (Palacio de Velázquez, in Parque del Retiro)

This is a specimen measuring twelve metres high and with a crown diameter of eighteen, the crown being very regular. It has three separate branches with different perimeters (one hundred and forty-two, one hundred and twenty and one hundred and forty centimetres) facing the north, west and southeast. It is protected by a wooden fence of about sixteen metres that surrounds the entire area of the crown. The bark is thin, scaly brown in colour, which falls off in small flakes aligned with the stem. The leaves are flat, dark green, between one and four centimetres long and two to three millimetres wide. The leaves, like the arils, are poisonous.

Yew photograph

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