Name: Common Yew
Scientific name: Taxus baccata
Category: Trees and bushes
Nature Stars: 50
About: A medium sized evergreen tree, growing to 20 metres tall. Poisonous.
How to identify: Easily recognised by the dense, glossy dark green needles and the bright red berry-like fruit with a single dark seed.
Where: Widespread, widely planted particularly in graveyards.
Fantastic fact: The oldest Yew tree in Britain is the Fortingall Yew in Scotland, which is likely to be over 2000 years old, the oldest tree in the country.
Photograph credit: Philip Precey