Florida Torreya (Torreya taxifolia Arn.)
  Common names:  Stinking Cedar,
  Florida Nutmeg, Polecat Cedar...
  Height: 30-40 ft
  Diameter: 12-20 inches
  Showy flower: no
  Fall colors: no- evergreen conifer
  Drought tolerance: low
  Annual rainfall: 30-60 inches
  Soil Needs: moist, sandy loam
  Frost Free Days: 270
  Minimum Temperature (F): 12
  Growth Rate: moderate
  Shade Tolerance: differs with age

It typically grows  between 30-40 ft in height but once stood up to 50 ft.  Sadly, there are no large trees left in their natural habitat.  Florida Torreya is on the federal list of endangered species as well as Florida and Georgia's.  It is estimated there are only 1,500 trees left in the wild and its demise has been
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Florida Yew (Taxus floridana Nutt. ex Chapm.)
  Height: 15-25 ft
  Showy flower:No
  Fall colors:No, evergreen
  Drought tolerant: medium
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A conifer with a short trunk with numerous stout, horizontal, spreading branches.  The purplish-brown bark is smooth when young, becoming separated into thin, irregular scales with age. Seeds and foliage of the Florida Yew, as with all Yew members, is extremely poisonous to humans and livestock.

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The state distribution maps in the species info boxes below are from the USDA NRCS PLANTS Database at plants.usda.gov.  In instances where state specific maps are unavailable, the US distribution map will be used in its place.  Also, the PLANTS Database website states "Our county data are based primarily on the literature, herbarium specimens,
and confirmed observations.  However, not all populations have been documented, so some gaps in the distribution shown above may not be real. Remember that only native and naturalized populations are mapped!"
The Yew family consists mainly of evergreen shrubs and small trees with flat, linear needles. They are also gymnosperms meaning they bear naked seeds. The foliage and seeds of members in the Yew family are extremely poisonous both to people and livestock, and as such, care should be taken to ensure livestock cannot browse on Yew species.  In both the past and modern times, people have died from eating the seeds and consuming teas made from the leaves.  Yew trees are prized as ornamentals and for their wood, particularly in bow making.
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