Keele University Arboretum
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Californian Nutmeg Torreya californica
Origin: Introduced to Britain in the 1850s from the Sierra Nevada in California. It is an uncommon tree in collections.
The foliage is very like that of the Yew (it is in the same family) the leaves (needles) being dark, glossy green above (paler when fresh), fairly long and tapered and with two narrow white bands beneath and very sharply pointed at the tip. They are often curved upwards and have a distinctive odour when crushed.
At Keele : We have only a small, bush-like specimen in the border alongside the path from the shops to Keele Hall. Compartment 29a; square N8.