Taxon  Report   7929    
Taxus brevifolia  Nutt.
California yew,  Pacific yew, Western yew
Taxus brevifolia
© 2018 Richard Spjut
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CalPhotos / Calflora
Taxus brevifolia
© 2015 Nathan Feldman
Taxus brevifolia
© 2018 Richard Spjut
Taxus brevifolia, a gymnosperm, is a tree that is native to California, is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond.

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Taxus brevifolia
© 2015 Nathan Feldman
Family: TAXACEAE  
Genus: Taxus
Communities: Mixed Evergreen Forest, Douglas-Fir Forest, Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest

Toxicity: MAJOR (SEEDS)

Wetlands: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
ICPN: Taxus brevifolia var. polychaeta
ICPN: Taxus brevifolia var. reptaneta
ICPN: Taxus brevifolia var. brevifolia
More information about  Taxus brevifolia
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation


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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 23, 2019).