Ioho (or Idho)       Symbol: Ioho

Sound value: I

Literal meaning: Yew

Pronounced as “EE-yoh”

Northwest Europe


(Taxus baccata)

Features: Evergreen slow-growing conifer tree, very long-lived (Yew Family)

Uses: Wood resists decay, springy heart wood good for bows.

North Central Florida


(Taxodium distichum)

Note: no direct local native equivalent found- this is not a Taxus spp. tree, but has similar features to yew.

Features: Large deciduous conifer tree; very long-lived (Cypress Family)

Uses: The old-growth heartwood is used in timber industry for its durability and resistance to rot +

+ School of Forest Res. & Conserv,, Univ Florida, Forest Trees

Bald Cypress

Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum), Gainesville, Florida

Bald Cypress leaves

Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum), Gainesville, Florida

Modern divinatory meaning: Rebirth, eternal cycle, transformation

Animal symbolism (based on traditional lore): bat

Bird symbolism (based on traditional lore): eaglet

Associated deities: Hecate

Color: very white

Element: Earth