Florida Torreya

Torreya taxifolia

Family: Taxaceae
Genus: Torreya (TOR-ree-uh) (Info)
Species: taxifolia (taks-ih-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)

Category:

Trees

Foliage Color:

Chartreuse/Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round

Height:

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

Spacing:

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:

N/A

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Other details:

This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:

4.5 or below (very acidic)

4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From hardwood cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Bristol, Florida

Madison, Florida

Tallahassee, Florida

Athens, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia

Helen, Georgia

Shawnee Mission, Kansas

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Asheville, North Carolina

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Gardeners' Notes:

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On Mar 8, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A very rare and endangered needled evergreen tree with a tiny native range in Florida. It is a federally listed endangered species, and it is on the IUCN red list of critically endangered species.

The habit is dense and conical, with whorled branches. The US champion tree is 45' tall, with a 40' crown spread and a trunk diameter of 3' at breast height. Historically, trees have reached 60'.

Healthy foliage is deep green.

This species is not suitable for xeriscaping. Established landscape-sized plants don't need supplemental irrigation in the moist southeastern US.

Established trees at the Biltmore Estate have survived freezes of -30F. [... read more

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