Throughout Europe up to latitude 60° north. Especially in England it has been cultivated for centuries because of its signwcance for making bowstaves and as a protective tree for small game. This is why there are still large stands in England today and the reason for the country being the main supplier of yew logs. Because of its small dimensions and being very susceptible to defects such as knots, inner checking and calcereous deposits, wood suitable for slicing is very rare and correspondingly expensive. In Germany Yew is protected by preservation rights. Largest known occurrence is in the municipal forest of Banska Bystrica (SK) with approx. 300, 000 trees. All components ofthe tree are poisonous except for its red fruit cups. The bark of the taxus brevyolia (USA) is said to heal cancer.
A very good and expensive veneer wood. Decorative and exclusive furniture often in the English style. Seldom possible to find clean, large surface veneer and thus often used as inlays to upgrade the value of furniture. Ideal wood also for high quality turneries and wood carvings.