The genus Torreya
A small genus of evergreen trees with linear leaves arranged in two rows. Leaves with sharp points, midrib not showing on upper side. Seed surrounded by thin fleshy aril, olive-like, and ripening in two seasons.
Native to California where it attains a height of 70 feet. Introduced into this country in 1851, it makes a handsome small tree in the milder districts. The wood and the foliage are aromatic. There is a single stem with horizontal branches pendulous at the ends. The specimens in these grounds are considered to be among the finest in the country.
The family Taxaceae: Cephalotaxus | Podocarpus | Prumnopitys | Taxus | Torreya
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