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Could you pleae identify the pine-like tree on the north side of our home? The needles are on two sides of the twig rather than on all four sides. They (the needles) are very soft and are dark green. At this time of the year (Sep), the trees bear red berries. The trees are approximately 35 years old and are 12-14 feet tall. Thank you very much for your assistance!

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It is a Yew (Genus Taxus).  There are several species namely English and Japanese.  You can put this in a search on the internet and maybe pick out your particular species.  Yews have male and female plants with the fruit bearing being female.  The berries are poisonous.

Posted on 27 Sep 2007

Linden Greenhalgh
4-H and Agriculture Agent, Tooele county

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