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Japanese Yew

(Taxus cuspidata)

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Description

Taxus cuspidata, the�Japanese yew�or�spreading yew, is a member of the genus�Taxus, native to�Japan,�Korea, northeast�China�and the extreme southeast of�Russia. It is an evergreen tree or large shrub growing to 10�18 m tall, with a trunk up to 60 cm diameter. The leaves are lanceolate, flat, dark green, 1�3 cm long and 2�3 mm broad, arranged spirally on the stem, but with the leaf bases twisted to align the leaves in two flattish rows either side of the stem except on erect leading shoots where the spiral arrangement is more obvious.

Taxonomic tree:

Domain:
Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Coniferophyta
Class: Pinopsida
Order:Pinales
Family:Taxaceae
Genus:Taxus
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