Taxus baccata 'Adpressa' / adpressed English yew

Taxus baccata 'Adpressa' is a broadly growing, female, shrub-form of English yew with irregular upright branching; and short, dark-green, stubby, ovate needles measuring 0.6 inch (15 mm) long, and 0.14 inch (3.5 mm) wide, held tightly against the stem. Berries (seed cones) are bright red and quite large. After 10 years of growth, a mature specimen will measure 48 to 60 inches (1.2 - 1.5 m) tall and wide, an annual growth rate of around 6 inches (15 cm).

This cultivar originated as a seedling selected in the late 1820s by E.F. Dickson Nursery, United Kingdom.

Taxus baccata 'Adpressa' — a closeup of foliage detail.
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Katherine Wagner-Reiss

I would like to know if this is a male or female cultivar. Also, since adpressed means " lying close to another organ, but not fused to it," what structures are adpressed in 'Adpressa'?
Any other info would be appreciated.
Thank you.

Maxwell Cohn

I need to write up this one (blank slate). It's the foliage that's adpressed against the stems. I've seen pictures of plants with berries, so I assume female.