Plant Details: Florida Yew
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Taxus floridana is certainly one of the the rarest native conifers offered to the public. This graceful species of Yew is considered a small evergreen conifer often with multiple central leaders. Broad at its base with low horizontal branching, narrowing to an open pyramidal shape. This rare Florida native can grow to 25' with time but rarely exceeds 15'. The foliage is needle like to 1 inch, soft to the touch horizontal in arrangement and here in zone 7a turns plum-bronze in winter. The bark has an interesting appearance and often produces a purplish hue. Being a dioecious species it requires male and female to produce fruit. Performs best in very rich well drained soils but at the same time is sensitive to too much water (soggy soils) and drought. Florida Yew is a relative to Torreya taxifolia which is another very rare native conifer with the same distribution in the SE US and both are in great risk of extinction in the wild. The entire plant is extremely toxic to consumed internally! Do not eat any apart of this species for any reason!!!!
As always with this species, quantities are limited.
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