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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature
an evergreen tree of the genus taxus, allied to the pines, and valued for its wood or timber, is very commonly found planted in the old English churchyards; and was formerly much used to decorate churches at Christmas, Palm-Sunday, and Easter.
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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Yew-Tree'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tce/y/yew-tree.html. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.