Friday, 4 September 2009

The Yew - Taxus baccata

An ancient tree species that has survived since before the ice age. It has been revered and used by humankind throughout the ages. For me the word Taxus will always remind me of the chemo therapy my mother received which was derived from the Yew tree. I am very allergic to the sap so always have to use gloves when handling it if cutting back or making into holly wreaths. I think the berries look like little jewels.

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