Conifers – California Nutmeg Tree

California Nutmeg Tree (Torreya californica)

You’re seeing stump sprouts from what was a large specimen that unfortunately started tipping over, probably as a result of a girdling root system that never was fully able to spread out and give stability. Look at the size of the almost horizontal trunk to see why it needed to be cut back. The long, sharp-tipped needles along with a fruit that has a large nutmeg-like seed in a fleshy coating make this an unusual conifer. The nutmeg is edible by the way!

2022-02-16T15:44:55+00:00February 16th, 2022|