The size of the Yew is species dependent as some tend to be more shrub like while others can have a tree form. The fruit seen on the Yew is actually an aril rather than the berry it looks like at first glance. The fleshy red area of the aril,is the only portion of the Yew that is not toxic. The rest of the tree is toxic, especially the seed inside the fleshy are. This is where the highest concentrations of the toxin seem oto be found. The Yew has a long history of being used in many capacities, Robin Hood's bow was said to made of Yew wood and more recently, medicines to fight certain types of cancer have been made using the Yew. The Yew can often be found in the landscape around houses, buildings, and other structures. It is favored due to the uniform growth habit and moderate growth rate. The Yew are also favored by deer, in areas where deer are found it may not be the best plant for the site.