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Torreya californica, photo courtesy of Jude Parkinson-Morgan
Torreya californica, photo courtesy of Jude Parkinson-Morgan

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Torreya californica

California Nutmeg
Taxaceae
Evergreen, Edible fruit, Trees

Native to cool, shaded canyonsin California mountain regionsbelow 4,500 ft. Slow-growingconifer to 15–20 ft. tall, 12–15 ft. wide, with trunk 1–3 ft.in diameter. Wide, open pyramidalcrown, domelike with age.Branches are horizontal, slender,somewhat drooping at tips.Flat sprays of rigid, sharp-pointed,flat, dark green leaveswith two whitish bands underneath.Plumlike fruit is palegreen with purplish markings.

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