Torreya taxifolia Assisted Migration to Tennessee


   Ocoee Watershed, Reliance TN - 18 acres, Clint Bancroft.

VIDEO REPORT: 2015 - Clint Bancroft shows Connie Barlow the 9 Florida Torreyas he has planted on his 18 acres in southeastern Tennessee (plus 2 more in pots). At 1,100 ft elevation, and in a mixed deciduous/conifer forest, all the Torreyas look healthy. In closing, Connie gives Clint 40 seeds from the fall 2014 Torreya Guardians' harvest. Clint demonstrates his rodent-proof outdoor shelter for germinating those seeds.

   Spring City, Tennessee (Cumberland Plateau)

Twenty-two months (September 2017) after free-planting 400 Torreya taxifolia seeds (at depth or under rocks) on his 232 acres on the Cumberland Plateau, Chris Anderson began to see the seedlings emerge. Each seed had been given a flag marker upon planting; each seedling received a second flag.

Now there is a photo-rich webpage that documents Chris's Torreya plantings.


   Unicoi, Tennessee

Court Lewis began planting seeds from Torreya Guardians in a forested area of his 12 acres in northeastern, TN, from our Fall 2015 seed harvest. Spring 2017 he began to report germination.

As of August 2017 he reports, "Counting 7 no-shows in one of the half-buried cans, one lost can, two killed by a deer stepping into the can, 3 dying of sun/drought, and 3 deep-plantings that haven't surfaced yet, I have 17 healthy seedlings out of 34 seeds planted — a 50% success rate (so far).

Nashville, Tennessee

SITE: Private property, 33 acres protected from development by a conservation easement. Located 30 miles NE of Nashville, along a reservoir portion of the Cumberland River; elevation 400 feet. Land is partially wooded by several glades and large trees; mostly deciduous. Mostly open areas with maples, redbuds, and white pines planted. Plantings include other imperiled trees: Franklinia, Georgia Plume, anise, wafer ash, and corkwood trees. The property also has 20 American Chestnuts growing as part of the back-breeding program with the Chinese chestnut.

PHOTO LEFT: Seedling in pot in Sugartree Arboretum, Nashville, 2011.

PHOTO MIDDLE: Young tree purchased in 2010 and planted at the Cumberland River site. Photo taken 2011.

PHOTO RIGHT: Specimen that began as a 2009 seed germinated in this pot. This is the only one of 10 seeds that actually germinated from a set of 10 seeds donated to this property by Cheekwood in 2009.

Torreya Guardian in charge of this site: Vicki Turner / 615 516 5578

NOVEMBER 2011 UPDATE: This site received 40 seeds from the Fall 2011 Torreya Guardian seed distribution.


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