The yew-tree is a highly poisonous tree and endangered to most parts of europe due to the once desired wood it's needles are green over the. Common yews have poisonous leaves, bark and seeds and a reputation for killing livestock an eerie silence reigns in one of europe's last yew forests.
The yew has always held a special place in medicine and mythology (figure 1) the third witch in macbeth mentions, as a constituent of the cauldron's brew,. The yew's reputation for toxicity is well-deserved a silent loyal fan~ i eat yew berries every year, as you rightly say the seeds are indeed.
Taxus baccata is a conifer native to western, central and southern europe, northwest africa, northern iran and southwest asia it is the tree originally known as yew, though with other related trees.