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The Yew family contains both the Torreya and Taxus genera, which consists mainly of evergreen shrubs and small trees with have flat, linear needles. They are also gymnosperms meaning they bear naked seeds. The foliage and seeds of members in the Yew family are extremely poisonous both to people and livestock.  Care should be taken to ensure livestock cannot browse on Yew.  People have died from eating the seeds and consuming teas made from the leaves.  Yew trees are prized as ornamentals and for their wood, particularly in bow making.
Florida Torreya (Torreya taxifolia)
  Common names:  Stinking Cedar,
  Florida Nutmeg, Polecat Cedar...
  Height: 30-40 ft
  Diameter: 12-20 inches
  Showy flower: no
  Fall colors: no- evergreen conifer
  Drought tolerance: low
  Annual rainfall: 30-60 inches
  Soil Needs: moist, sandy loam
  Frost Free Days: 270
  Minimum Tempurature (F): 12
  Growth Rate: moderate
  Shade Tolerance: differs with age

It typically grows  between 30-40 ft in height but once stood up to 50 ft.  Sadly, there are no large trees left in their natural habitat.  Florida Torreya is on the federal list of endangered species as well as Florida and Georgia's.  It is estimated there are only 1,500 trees left in the wild and its demise has been
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Florida Yew (Taxus floridana Nutt. ex Chapm.)
  Height: 15-25 ft
  Showy flower:No
  Fall colors:No, evergreen
  Drought tolerant: medium
  Annual rainfall:
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A conifer with a short trunk with numerous stout, horizontal, spreading branches.  The purplish-brown bark is smooth when young, becoming separated into thin, irregular scales with age. Seeds and foliage of the Florida Yew, as with all Yew members, is extremely poisonous to humans and livestock.

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Pacific Yew (Taxus brevifolia Nutt.)

  Height: 20-40 ft
  Diameter: 1-2 ft
  Showy flower: no
  Fall colors: no-evergreen
  Drought tolerant: medium
  Annual rainfall: 24-60
  Soil Needs: moist, rich, well-draining
  Frost Free Days: 140
  Minimum Temperature (F): -18
  Growth Rate:
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Pacific Yew(Taxus brevifolia Nutt.) is a long lived conifer in the Yew family. It usually grows between 20-40 feet, occasionally up to 75, 1-2 feet in diameter.  Bark is reddish purple and flakes off in irregular, thin patches.  Flowers bloom in early summer, producing male and female cones on separate trees. Eventually, they develop into fleshy, red seed containing cups, or
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Taxus floridana is only found in Florida
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The foliage of the coniferous Pacific yew is dark green and needle like.
Torreya taxifolia is native only to Florida and and small area just over the border in Georgia
This famous Yew is only found in the western parts of North America