Ancient Finding

In the Changbaishan Mountains of northeastern China, scientists were lucky enough to discover a group of trees and shrubs belonging to the yew family. The living find is estimated to be approximately 2,700 years old. On this occasion, the Zengfenglin Nature Reserve was established in the mountains, where you can also see another 14 old-growth trees, whose age has already crossed the nine-century mark.

Plants of the yew family belong to the division of conifers. For the most part, they remain green throughout the year and easily survive low temperatures. The height of yew in natural conditions reaches 1-10 m, and the trunk diameter is 4 m. The found specimens were not more than 13 m high and 1.85 m in diameter of the trunk. Scientists explain such a compact size by the standards of age by the fact that during 27 centuries, the plants have been repeatedly deformed under the influence of various factors.

It is noteworthy that the bark and leaves of the yew contain an alkoloid that is poisonous to humans and many animals – taxin. Only 100 grams of leaves would be a lethal dose for a human, while 500 grams would be enough for a horse. The thicker the needles, the more poisonous substance it contains. However, the yew poses no threat to hares and deer – they enjoy eating its leaves.

Characteristic for yew and bactericidal properties: so, made of its wood finishing walls and ceilings effectively cope with harmful microorganisms in the room, which willingly used mankind for many years.