My Colby-Sawyer Experience

“I'm a firm believer in getting students out of the classroom and into experiences in nature. If students get out of their element, in a new place that stimulates their senses, that's where the best learning happens.”
Natural Sciences Assistant Professor Nick Baer

175th Celebration

In 2012 the college celebrated 175 years as an institution of teaching and learning. Visit the 175th website for more information and to view photos of the events.

American Yew Taxus canadensis
Yew Taxaceae family

Leaves: Needles are flat and dark green, commonly less than 1" long. Needles form flat sprays along the branches.

Flowers/Fruits: Flowers are tiny and cone like and are inconspicuous in the leaf angles. Male and female flowers are on separate plants, appear in May. The female bears fruits are fleshy, red orange, and cup like. They surrond a single very hard seed and appear in July.

Twigs/Bark: Twigs are smooth and lined by stalks which are often light green in color. Branches are spreading and ascending and the bark is reddish in color, smooth, and very thin.

Form/Habitat: The American Yew is a shrub which can grow in a range from 3'-15'. It prefers light sandy, loamy, or heavy clay soils which are acidic to neutral and well drianed. This is a shade-tolerant species.

NWI Status:FAC

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