Hazard Information

Route: Skin/Ingestion     Plant Part: Leaves, fruits

Scale: Low

Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, convulsions or death in severe cases.



Common Name(s)


Latin Name

Taxus Baccata


This tree can grow to about 20 Metres (65ft) tall. It is a spreading evergreen, often living for several hundred years. The leaves are leathery in texture and shaped similar to a reaping hook, shiny and dark above, pale and unpolished below. The fruits are pinkish red berries. 


Poisoning has occurred after eating the leaves or the fruits. It is the seed within the fruit which is poisonous.


Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, convulsions or even death in severe cases.

Flowering Period

Yellow anthers appear in February and March. The fruits appear in Autumn.


Parks and gardens also very common in churchyards. Grows commonly in chalk or limestone areas.