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Torreya californica

Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany

B and T World Seeds' Botanical Glossary

B and T World Seeds' reference number: 78723

The average, annual, minimum temperature zone where Torreya californica is cold hardy
USDA Zone:7 0° to 10°F   (-17.5° to -12.5°C)
Type of plant - evergreen tree
Flower or inflorescence: sm. cones
Fruit: PURPLE-GREEN, 3-4cm.
Foliage: 2-ranked, - 5cm.x3mm.
Height, in meters: 20
Height, in feet: 66.00
Torreya californica seeds may be subject to seasonal availability

Synonyms (alternative names) for Torreya californica:
Tumion californicum, 

Common names for Torreya californica:

California Nutmeg,  California Nutmeg-yew,  California Torreya, 

Torreya californica is included in the following
B and T World Seeds flowering plant categories.

52:   Cabinet Wood Tree Seeds
See also *Economic Timber Trees
60:   Economic Timber Trees
see also Cabinet Wood Tree Seeds
76:   Californian Native Plant Seed List
157:   Conifer Seed List
See also *Australian and New Zealand Conifer Seed List
190:   Trees and Shrubs For Mediterranean Climates
647:  Taxaceae
719:   North American Native Ethnobotanicals
Including medicinal, dye, fiber, food, construction, ritual

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Germination guide for Torreya californica

These notes are a general guide, it is recommended to check specialist literature for some of the more unusual seeds in our lists.
Seed Germination Theory and Practice by Professor Norman C. Deno
Some knowledge about growing from seed is necessary to germinate even the easiest seeds. Most seeds require humidity to germinate, even desert plants like Welwitschia mirabilis require that their growing medium remains moist until germination.

Most seeds require oxygen to germinate, if buried too deep in their growing medium, or if the medium is too wet, the seeds may not get the oxygen they require.
Some seeds need to be in the light (surface sown) or in the dark (sown deep enough to receive little or no light) to germinate. A rule of thumb is to cover the seeds their own width deep in the growing medium, but some seeds prefer to be sown much deeper, and some fairly large seeds like to be surface sown (or higher).
Many seeds germinate best at certain temperatures, some will germinate at a comparatively wide range of temperatures, yet others need fluctuating temperatures.
Almost all seeds are waiting in a dormant state for some outside stimulus to break their dormancy, some just need sufficiently high ambiant humidity, others need scarification, vernalization or to be passed through the intestines of an animal.

Torreya californica seeds will usually germinate in 30-365 days, even under good conditions germination may be erratic.
Sow Torreya californica seeds about 1mm deep in a Peaty seed sowing mix at about 15°C.

Soak Torreya californica seeds in warm water for a day and a night, sow just below the surface of a sandy - loamy mix, keep at about 25°C, dark and moist (not damp)


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