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Torreya fargesii - Franch.
                 
Common Name
Family Cephalotaxaceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Woodlands, 1000 - 1600 metres[109]. Coniferous, mixed, and broad-leaved forests at an elevation of 1000 - 3400 metres[266].
Range E. Asia - E. China.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Torreya fargesii


Torreya fargesii
   
Physical Characteristics
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Torreya fargesii is an evergreen Tree growing to 20 m (65ft 7in) at a slow rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from Apr to May, and the seeds ripen from Oct to November. The flowers are dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required) and are pollinated by Wind.The plant is not self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats
Woodland Garden Secondary; Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; not Deep Shade;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Oil;  Oil;  Seed.
Edible Uses: Oil;  Oil.

Seed[81]. No further details are given, but it is likely to be oily and to be eaten raw or cooked. An oil is obtained from the seed[105, 177].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
Oil;  Oil;  Wood.

An oil is extracted from the seed[266]. The high quality timber is used in constructing houses, bridges, and furniture, and making implements and utensils[266].
Cultivation details
Succeeds in ordinary garden soil, tolerating some lime[1]. Requires a sheltered position and either high humidity or a moist riverside soil[200]. Dislikes wind exposure[200]. Tolerates woodland shade very well[200]. Requires hot, very humid summers for best growth[200]. This species is considered to be suitable for afforestation and reforestation in China[266].. Trees are hardy only in the milder areas of Britain[81]. The seed takes two summers to mature[229]. Plants are dioecious, but sometimes monoecious plants are seen bearing dioecious branches. Male and female plants must be grown if seed and fruit is required.
Propagation
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. Some of the seed should germinate in the following spring though much of it might take another 12 months. Stored seed requires a period of cold stratification and can take 18 months or more to germinate. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as growth is observed and grow them on in light shade in the greenhouse for at least the next couple of winters, making sure to pot them on into larger pots as and when required. Plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer when the plants are at least 20cm tall. Cuttings of half-ripe shoots in late summer[1]. Cuttings do not grow well[11]. Layering.
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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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