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California Nutmeg, Stinking Cedar
Scientific Name: Torreya californica Torr.
Synonym: Torreya myristica, Tumion californicum
Family: Taxaceae
California Nutmeg, Stinking Cedar (Torreya  californica) Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 7-9,14-24
USDA: 8-10

Sun Exposure: Part sun to light shade

Origin: California, at 3000 to 7000 feet elevation (900 to 2100 m)

Growth Habits: evergreen tree, 16 to 90 feet tall (5-27 m), or more; thin bark; dark green leaves, with 2 whitish bands of stomates on the underside, 1.2 to 3.2 inches (3-8 cm), with a strong odor if crushed

Watering Needs: Occasional water when established

Propagation: Seeds (stratified for 12 months)

Blooming Habits:
The california nutmeg is dioecious.

Fruiting Habits:
The female trees bear eavy seeds, enveloped by a light green drupelike aril streaked with purple, 1 to 1.4 inches long (2.5-3 cm), maturing at the end of summer to beginning of fall.

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