Anglo-Jap yew Taxaceae Taxus
xmedia Rehder (baccata x cuspidata) symbol: TAME2
Leaf: Evergreen needles, single, spirally arranged but appearing 2-ranked on shaded branches, generally lay flat, approximately 1 inch long, dark green and shiny above, tip pointed, yellow or pale green below.
Flower: Species is dioecious; male flowers are small, round, and yellow and are borne on the undersides of the leaves; female flowers are solitary.
Fruit: Naked ovoid seed 1/4 inch long, surrounded by a bright red, fleshy aril, maturing in late summer, persistent through fall.
Twig: Light green in color, turning brown after several years; buds green and sclaes blunt, female flower buds are pointed, males rounded. Twigs stay green for more than one year.
Bark: Always thin (about 1/4 inch), reddish brown, and scaly; inner bark is reddish purple.
Form: Small tree or large shrub to 25 feet, with many limbed boles and a short trunk.
Looks like: English yew - Pacific yew - Japanese yew - eastern hemlock
Additional Range Information: Taxus xmedia is planted in the USDA hardiness zones shown above and is not known to widely escape cultivaton.
External Links: USDA Plants Database
All material © 2018 Virginia Tech Dept. of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson; Silvics reprinted from Ag Handbook 654; range maps courtesy USGS from USDA "Atlas of United States Trees" by Elbert L. Little, Jr., Vol. 1 (1971) 3 (1976) 4 (1977) 5 (1978)