Assisted Migration of Florida Torreya
to Muskegon and Ludington, Michigan

   Two locations near the shore of Lake Michigan:

1. MUSKEGON (Montague) - Peter Bane and Keith Johnson are permaculturalists who received from Connie Barlow 40 seeds in September 2014, from the 2013 harvest. All were germinated in a hoophouse, and the survivors outplanted. As of July 2022, 3 were still alive (heavily browsed by herbivores) in nearly full-sun settings.

2. LUDINGTON (Fountain) - Julia Chambers lives in a forested rural landscape, with a great many deer. Her immediate area is mostly forest, with several small lakes nearby. To the west is mostly farm fields, with some woodlots. To the east is national forest. She received and planted one newly germinated seedling from Connie Barlow in July 2015. She received 40 freshly harvested seeds in November 2015, and she free-planted them outdoors, but either none germinated or rodents found and ate them all. The one seedling planted out of pot is still alive 7 years later, July 2022.


Muskegon

JUNE 2022 -Torreya 1 and 2 above. Torreya 3, with close-up, below. All are heavily browsed — but healthy.

June 2018 Peter reported that all their outplanted seedlings had thrived through their first winter.

March 2017 Peter Bane reported, "We have successfully sprouted at least half a dozen Torreya trees in our unheated hoophouse, where they went through a minimum temperature of 8F this winter and seem not to have suffered at all. We'll be looking to plant them out later in the year, after weather is a little more settled." June 2018 Peter reported that all their outplanted seedlings had thrived through their first winter.


Ludington, July 2022

Two views of the single torreya on the property, 7 years old.



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