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Red Heartwood - White Sapwood

Red Heartwood  - White Sapwood
 
The yew remained symbolic to Christians the red heartwood and white sapwood symbolizes the blood and body of Christ. The tree has remained symbolic in acts of worship; branches were carried at funerals and on Palm Sunday and the wood burnt to produce ash for Ash Wednesday. This echoes back to earlier religious significance, the tree being a symbol of immortality and linked to the death and rebirth of Christ. Yew branches are still used in services in Rural Ireland.
Yew trees have been considered a powerful charm against evil spirits, and their presence in churchyards has given them a reputation for preying on the dead. It is considered unlucky to damage or harm a yew tree probably because of its symbolism.”
Ancient Yew
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