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Torreya taxifolia (Florida nutmeg)
Cressler, Alan

Torreya taxifolia

Torreya taxifolia Arn.

Florida Nutmeg, Florida Torreya, Stinking-cedar, Torrey Tree, Savin, Gopher Wood, Polecat Wood, Stinking-yew

Taxaceae (Yew Family)

Synonym(s): Tumion taxifolium


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Leaf Retention: Evergreen
Fruit Type: Cone
Size Notes: Up to about 60 feet tall, often shorter. Trunk up to about 32 inches in diameter.
Fruit: Blue

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Time: Apr
Bloom Notes: Flower are inconspicuous.



Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil pH: Circumneutral (pH 6.8-7.2)
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Drought Tolerance: Low

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Threatened & Endangered Status

USFWS Species Profile: R006
Status: Endangered
Historic Range: U.S.A. (FL, GA)
Critical Habitat: N/A
Special Rules: N/A
This information is derived from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Serrvice Environmental Conservation Online System.

Web Reference

Webref 57 - Atlas of Florida Plants (2020) Institute for Systematic Botany
Webref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Torreya taxifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Torreya taxifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Torreya taxifolia


Record Modified: 2023-05-23
Research By: Joseph A. Marcus

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