TASSO

tasso> BOTANICAL NAMES
Taxus baccala. It belongs to the family of Texaceae.

> TRADE MANES 
Tasso – Italy, France
Yew – England

> GROWTH AREA
This tree grows into the European parks and gardens, until latitude of 60°. It is found also in Asia, Caucasus, Algeria.

> TECHNOLOGICAL FEATURES
The sapwood is narrow and yellow whitish. Instead, the heartwood is usually light brown but it can also become dark red or dark orange, especially when the tree is very old. Yew tree is decorative, compact and usually presents some mechanical features similar to ash even if they have no affinities.

> DRYING METHOD
Drying is easy with a little risk of degrading through splitting.

> SPECIFIC WEIGHT
At the 12% of moisture content, its specific weight could be value of about 700 Kg/mc.

> MAIN USE AND PROCESSING
It is easily workable, and it can be perfectly polished and finished. Recently, it has been particularly requested by the English furniture industry for the creation of art furniture in traditional styles and particularly those who recall the ship style. Usually the yew tree is found into the parks and gardens, and for this reason it has a little market. This little marketing makes it particularly attractive and much sought after by manufacturers of the art furniture.

> OTHER VARIETIES
In addition to the European yew, there are other varieties in different areas outside Europe (North America, Canada, China and Japan, etc.) Among these there are the following species:

Taxus brevifoglia (America) 
Taxus canadensis (Canada) 
Taxus cuspidata (Japan) 
Taxus chinensi (China) 
Taxus wallichiana (Indonesia)