SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Hoyt Arboretum - Portland, OR, Swanton Pacific Ranch - Davenport, CA, Regional Parks Botanic Garden, Tilden Regional Park - Berkeley, CA and Strybing Arboretum - San Francisco, CA
The tree's sharp foliage can be hazardous. Used as a barrier plant.
Native to California.
Trees may be referred to as male or female.
A Torreya californica in Big Basin State Park is registered as a California Big Tree. It measures 105 feet high, with a trunk circumference of 133 inches and a crown spread of 60 feet.
Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 30 - 60 feet.
Width: 15 - 30 feet.
Growth Rate: 12 Inches per Year.
Longevity Greater than 150 years.
Leaves Linear, Glossy Dark Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Inconspicuous. . Has either male or female flowers (dioecious). Trees may be sold as male or female.
Purple or Mostly Green Drupe, Medium (0.50 - 1.50 inches), fruiting in Fall.
Bark Light Green, Light Gray or Orange, Smooth.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate to Dense in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 4 - 9 and 14 - 24.
USDA Hardiness Zones 7 - 10.
Exposure Partial Shade to Full Shade.
Moist to Dry Soil.
Highly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium Weak
Root Damage Potential Rated as Moderate.
Allergy Health Hazard.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Torreya californica Tree Record." 1995-2019. May 26, 2019.
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