According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica (2011), Pacific Yew’s characteristics are that it is a medium to a large-sized tree (evergreen), which can grow between 5 o 15 meters tall and it has a trunk that can grow up to 50 cm wide. It is considered a gymnosperm and has needle-like leaves (modified) and produces a male and female cone. The male cones are round, while on the other hand, the female cones are modified and look like red berries. The Latin origin name of the plant is Taxus brevifolia. More commonly known as Pacific yew, California Yew, Oregon Yew, American Yew, or Western Yew. The family name of this plant species is Taxaceae (Earle, 2020).
The Pacific Yew is a very important and interesting species. People of the present and the past have used the plant for benefits. According to the Healing Power of Plants (2005), historically, the aboriginal people used the leaves of Pacific Yew as healing agents; they would crush up the leaves and directly apply it to wounds. Even more, they made tea from the needle leaves. Along with that, they used the bark of the tree for objects that needed to withstand strain such as fishhooks