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Trees (Native British)

56 57 Our oldest lived, most mysterious and sacred tree. A Yew at Discoed, Powys, is reputed to be over 5000 years old. The Common Yew can grow up to 65 feet and grows very slowly yet can form a dense hedge almost as quickly as any other species. Other than Ivy, nothing will grow in the shade of a Yew, and almost all of its parts are toxic, with the exception of the flesh of its small red fruits spit out the poisonous black pips. It is much feared by owners of prize stock. Occuring naturally in woods and widely planted, male and female Yew trees are often to be found in churchyards where they predate the church. The best timber trees are all extinct such was the importance of Yew in longbow manufacture, and later costly furniture. Now the twisted, gnarled wood can still be converted by craftsmen into objects of wonder. The dense wood burns as well as coal. yEw Taxus baccata
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