Taxus floridana

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Florida Yew


Plant Specifics

Size:to 25 ft tall by to 15 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:NA
Fruit Color:Red
Noted for:Showy fruits


Recommended Uses:Use as a specimen plant either as a small tree or large shrub.

Poisonous seeds and foliage for both humans and livestock.

Difficult to establish in general landscapes.

Propagation:Seed or cuttings.
Availability:Native nurseries
Light: Part Shade,  Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Loam, Sand
Soil pH:Slightly acidic



Birds and other animals eat the fruit.  Poisonous to humans and livestock.

Native Habitats:Slope forest. Rich wooded ravines and cedar swamps. It typically grows in groups of small trees (clones). This species can be seen planted at Torreya St. Pk. and wild at Appalachicola Bluffs and Ravines TNC Preserve.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:

This tree has male and female plants. Females have red berry-like cones.

This species is extremely rare.  Be sure to obtain this plant from properly licensed nurseries.