Taxus baccata Amersfoort Taxaceae
Amersfoort Yew TAKS-us ba-KA-ta
- Conifer, evergreen, dwarf shrub, upright irregular habit, outward to ascending branches, slow growing,
4 ft × 2 ft in 10 years. Leaves flat, rounded tip, small, 0.6 to 1.2 cm long, densely
spaced, light to dark green. (The plant has the appearance of a Podocarpus and some have given it
the common name of False Podocarpus...see below.)
- Sun or shade.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 6
- Amersfoort: a city in Holland. According to Krüssmann (1985) the plant was developed in France, but
discovered by a Boskoop nursery and planted at the Amersfoort Hospital. It was first thought to be
a Podocapus but upon a close anatomical inspection determined to be a Taxus.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: southwest Weatherford Hall.