“Taxus” is a genus of small coniferous trees or shrubs in the yew family Taxaceae. They are relatively slow-growing and can be very long-lived. This particularly yew, taxus canadensis is native to central and eastern North America. It came from the courtyard in front of Martha van Rensselaer Hall on Cornell University campus. A large hedge of yew defined the south edge of the courtyard but these were cut down in 2000 to make way for the present Belkin Courtyard.