Distribution. This species is a true American native, found in central and eastern North America, thriving in swampy woods, ravines, riverbanks and on lake shores. Locally called simply "Yew." Most of its range is well north of America's Ohio River. It is, however, found as a rare ice age relic in some coves of the Appalachian Mountains. The southernmost colonies are known in Ashe and Watauga Counties in North Carolina.
It is not to be recommended as a good landscape subject. Useful for ground cover in deep shade, and for wildlife cover in natural plantings. However, Taxus canadensis is being harvested in northern Ontario, Québec and Atlantic Canada as the plant is a source of the class of poisonous chemicals known as taxanes, which have been a focus for cancer research.
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Photo taken in the Spring of 2003 in Moline, IL. Plant shown is approximately 10 years of age on this date but has been cut back several times over the years.
Photo by Chub Harper
Taxus canadensis — at Banning State Park, near Sandstone, Minnesota. According to the photographer, it is rarely seen with fruiting bodies.
Photo by Jason Smith