A Remarkable English yew

Tree Information
Common Name: English yew
Scientific name: Taxus baccata
Category: Historic tree
Notes: The old English Yew at the Custis Site at Colonial Williamsburg may be our only living representative of the 18th century. We know that John Custis (1678 - 1749) grew yews on this property from several different sources, the first coming in a 1717 order he places with the London firm of Perry, Lane & Perry: "I have lately got into the vein of gardening and have made a handsome garden to my house and desire you will lay out 5£ for me in handsome striped hollys and yew trees." John Bartram visited John Custis in 1739 and wrote: "I saw in friend Custice garden some fine yew trees." Local legend has it that the tree was planted by Martha Washington, John's daughter-in-law but this is doubtful. It is entirely hollow so there is no way to date it, but it may very well have been planted in the 18th century
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Nominator: Wesley Greene
Location of Tree
County/City: Williamsburg
Name of tree owner: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
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