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"Yew" redirects here. For other uses, see Yew (disambiguation).
Classic Runestone
Yew tree
Members only? No
Logs Yew logs (219 coins)
Farming level 60
Examine A splendid tree.
Yew tree (Prifddinas)

The choppable yew tree found in the elven city of Prifddinas

Yew trees are one of a variety of trees that are interactive scenery found in various places. They are mostly used for Woodcutting to gather yew logs used in Fletching or Firemaking, but also play a role in Farming.

Yew trees in WoodcuttingEdit

Yew Catherby

Players in Catherby chopping yew trees

All players with a hatchet that they can use and a Woodcutting level of 60 or higher can chop down a yew tree to obtain 175 experience and yew logs. The respawn rate of 1 yew tree ranges from 1 minute to 2 minutes depending on how many people are currently playing in the same world. A rune or dragon hatchet is recommended, although an inferno adze can also be quite efficient. However, an inferno adze is not recommended for players wishing to earn a profit because it burns some logs upon cutting. As with all trees above normal trees and achey trees, yews can yield multiple logs when chopped. Yew trees are often crowded with players as there is a high demand for logs to use in the Fletching and Firemaking skills. As a result of this it can be hard to find a world with few players cutting them, especially in free-to-play worlds. It is possible to use a total level world  in order to have less competition while woodcutting. Note, however, that a significantly larger portion of these worlds' population will have high Woodcutting than elsewhere, so this may not always be a better choice. Yew trees are marked with a rare tree mark on the mini-map.

Yew tree (Historical)

The old look.

One of the best places to cut yew trees in free-to-play is in Rimmington, where three yews can be found. After you have cut a full inventory, is it advised that you use a Clan Vexillum to teleport to the Falador clan camp, run to the bank chest, deposit your logs, and then run back to the yews, as this can prove to be a very efficient way of getting yew logs.

Yew tree rsc

A yew tree in Runescape Classic

For members, one of the best spots is the yew grove west of the Catherby bank due to a close bank and a high number of trees. If one completes the Legends' Quest, the Legends' Guild bank becomes usable. The three yew trees just outside the guild are rarely cut, making for fast cutting and efficient banking. Another good place to chop yews is in the Tree Gnome Stronghold, because of the nearby spirit tree teleport to the Grand Exchange. Another common place to cut yews at is Melzar's Maze, as you can set your house at Rimmington, teleport there, and then, when your inventory is full, use the explorer's ring's cabbage teleport to get back to Draynor. Another good way to do this is to bank at the deposit box in the customs office in Rimmington (shows up as "locker" in game), but you can only do so if you have started the quest Rocking Out. Finally, another good place is in Seer's Village, next to the Camelot castle. There are four yew trees, and a bank nearby.

Trees in the area north of Rimmington and Port Sarim were recently updated with improved graphics. As of the Grand Exchange model update, all trees in the F2P strip of land has been updated.

Tree locationsEdit

Yew trees can be found in the following locations:

Free-to-play areasEdit

Location Number Nearest bank(s) Notes
In the Lumbridge cemetery, directly north of the catacombs entrance. 1 Lumbridge castle roof
Lumbridge castle basement (P2P, after starting Recipe for Disaster)
Combat training area
Often crowded.
Falador cabbage patch 2 Falador east bank Sometimes used.
Next to Church in northern Varrock 1 Varrock east or west bank Crowded at times.

East of Varrock lodestone

1 Varrock west bank Next to an Elder tree
Ruins in Edgeville 2 Edgeville bank Often crowded.
Forest south of Falador 3 Falador east bank Slightly crowded.
East of Varrock 3 Varrock east bank Two close to Varrock eastern wall and one next to the Earth Altar
Behind Varrock castle 3 Grand Exchange Very crowded

Near Rimmington and south of Melzar's Maze

3 Far from any bank, except for the Customs Storage Locker in south Rimmington (Member's only, requires Rocking Out) Port Sarim lodestone can be used for fast travel, and Edgeville can be used for fast bank access.

Members' areasEdit

Varrock Palace yew trees

Yew trees behind Varrock Palace

Yew tree stump

The stump of a yew tree.

Location Number Nearest bank(s) Notes
Zanaris 3 Bank in north-west corner
South-east of the Legends' Guild entrance 3 Legends' Guild
South of Seers' Village bank in a church courtyard/graveyard. 3 Seers' Village Bank Often crowded.
Around the Tree Gnome Stronghold. 6

(3 west of the bank, 3 in south-east corner.)

West of the Agility Course Rarely crowded
Near Port Tyras past a few dense forests and a tripwire trap. 4 Lletya

Rarely used, far from bank. Really near the lodestone

West of Catherby, east of the flax field, and directly south of the beehives. 7 (8 if you count the one above the beehives.) Catherby Bank
Scattered around the Piscatoris Hunter area 14 Deposit chest south of the Falconry with completion of Deadliest Catch Never busy, close to a Lodestone
Daemonheim resource dungeon South of the docks. 3 Deposit Box right at the entrance to Member's area. Daemonheim medium tasks required
South of Otto's hut 1 Barbarian Assault lobby
Crwys section of Prifddinas 5 Bank chest nearby. You must have completed Plague's End

A recommended level to start cutting yews is level 75.

One of the best ways to chop yews is to complete the Defender of Varrock quest up to the point where the armoured zombies are attacking Varrock Palace. This makes this area a quest zone, meaning only you are in it. However, you can still chop the 3 yew trees in the palace, making it a great place to chop.

Upon completion of the Swan Song quest players can fairly economically visit a patch of 9 yew trees starting just south of Kathy Corkat curving around the north side of Eagle's Peak. From the Piscatoris Fishing Colony bank, one can visit Kathy and she will row you down the river to the yew trees. Once you have a full inventory of logs, take the boat back to the Piscatoris Fishing Colony and bank. Upon completion of the Deadliest Catch quest this becomes the fastest and best place to cut yews with a deposit chest only a couple of clicks away to the north. A trip in one direction takes about 36 seconds from bank to cutting the tree, so though it provides an uncrowded and plentiful grove of yews other methods such as the Edgeville or Catherby yews may be faster.

Yew trees in FarmingEdit


A farmed yew tree.

Members can grow a yew tree by planting a yew seed in a plant pot and watering it, waiting for it to grow into a sapling, and using the sapling on a tree patch at level 60 Farming. They gain 81 experience for this, and a further 7070.7 for checking the tree's health when it has grown. They can also be used as a tree which only you can see, making it possible to cut freely without any outer interference. A gardener will require 10 Cactus spines as payment to look after your yew tree. Cutting down a yew or magic tree is a hard task in the Falador Tasks. You may also pay the gardener 200 coins to destroy the tree. This tree currently takes 380 minutes, or 6 hours 20 minutes, to grow.

An ideal place to plant yew seeds is in the tree farming patch in the Tree Gnome Stronghold as it is near both a bank and a grove of yews that may be cut while waiting for it to respawn.


  • A yew tree is a coniferous tree, similar to a pine tree. Previous graphic models in RuneScape looked more like broad-leaved trees.
  • A strong yew could be found in Lumbridge Swamp, which provides a shortcut for members to the western shores of Al Kharid. Strong trees cannot be cut. With the update on 15 February 2011, the tree looks more like a giant dead tree and has been renamed to strong tree.
  • On 4 April 2011, all trees from Falador's south entrance to Rimmington received a graphical update, including yew trees. These trees also gained a 10% higher chance of receiving a bird's nest. Additionally, another yew tree was added south of the cabbage farm, next to the already-existing yew tree.
  • In real life yew trees are sometimes found in graveyards, planted next to the entrances. This was done to keep cattle and deer out of the graveyard as yew trees, the wood, leaves, and berries, are all toxic, and animals keep away from them.
  • When elder trees were released, one of the 4 yew trees near Rimmington was replaced with an elder tree.
  • Most yew trees are cut from the trunk, but in Prifddinas, the yew trees are cut from branches that stick out of the trunk into the city's platform.
  • Yew trees found inside Zanaris still use the old models, whilst elsewhere they have been updated.
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