The European Yew tree (Taxus baccata) has in centuries past been called the "tree of eternity" for its longevity and for the fact that it begins to grow again even after several hundreds years.
In England it is very common to see Yew trees next to churches. In most of these cases the Yew predates the Church. Because the Yew was considered a sacred tree prior to the introduction of Christianity many churches were built close to them.
The flat blade like leaves grow along the length of the new stem branches.
The tree in these pictures is located in the "Fuente del Berro" park in Madrid, Spain.