Taxus canadensis (Canadian Yew)
6. Now walk along the south side of Galvin Hall toward the Technical Education Laboratory. The trimmed bushes adjacent to Galvin are: Taxus canadensis (Canadian yew). Their flat needle like leaves grow all around the branches, but appear to be in two rows. Tree like specimens of this species can be distinguished from spruce because spruce's needle like leaves are round. In the fall yews produce red seeds resembling berries. They are poisonous! The wood was once prized for archery bows becuase it is extremely flexible. Yews today, like those next to Galvin, are commonly planted as ornamental shrubs.