Torreya taxifolia

Florida torreya


wildlife plant   wildlife plant

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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 12-36 ft    Width: 6-10 ft
Fruit Color: fruit color      blue
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Specimen tree.
Considerations: Disease. Do not plant in areas where the species grows naturally due to disease -- this means avoiding the bluffs along the Apalachicola River.
Propagation: Seed. Some native nurseries carry seed-grown plants from out-of-state nurseries.
Availability: Native nurseries
Light: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam
Soil pH Range: Calcareous (high pH)


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
Birds eat seeds.
Native Habitats: Slope forest, upland hardwood forest. Rich wooded ravines.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

In the wild, Torreya is dying out due to disease. If choosing to plant this species, obtain disease-free (out-of-state) specimens and plant well-removed from the Apalachicola River so that the planted specimens will not become infected. This is a federally endangered species, it cannot be transplanted or transported without landowner permission and/or appropriate permits.