|small or medium irregularly branched tree of the Pacific coast of North America; yields fine hard close-grained wood [syn: Pacific yew]|
(Taxus brevifolia), an evergreen timber tree of the yew family (Taxaceae). It is the only commercially important yew native to North America, where it is found from Alaska to California. Usually between 5 and 15 metres (about 15 to 50 feet) tall, it sometimes reaches 25 metres. See also yew.
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