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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 canyons in California mountain regions below 4,500 ft. Slow-growing conifer to 15–20 ft. tall and 12–15 ft. wide, with a trunk 1–3 ft. in diameter. Wide, open pyramidal crown becomes domelike with age. Branches are horizontal, slender, somewhat drooping at tips. Flat sprays of rigid, sharp-pointed, flat, dark green leaves with two whitish bands underneath. Plumlike fruit is pale green with purplish markings.

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