Leaf Identification

The leaves of the English Yew are lustrous, flat needles that are up to 1 1/2″ long. They are a dark green and stay attached all year.

Twig and Bud Identification

Older twigs are dark and scaled, while younger twigs are light green or copper. Needles are layered alternately in a spiral around the twig.

Bark Identification

The English Yew has scaly, reddish-brown bark.

Cone and “Fruit” Identification

The English Yew males have yellowish cone-like structures, and the females have red, berry-like seed coverings called arils that cover the dark brown seed inside.