Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon:
- Evergreen conifer, to 65(115) ft [20(35) m] high, conical then rounded; bark gray-brown, longitudinally fissured; branches spreading and slightly pendulous. Needles dark green, nearly two ranked, outspreading, stiff, flattened above, 3-6 cm long, tapering to a spiny point, about 3 mm wide. The male (pollen) cones are 6 mm long, grouped in lines along the underside of a shoot. The female (seed) cones are single or 2-5 together, they mature into an ovoid shape 2.5–4 cm long with a fleshy covering, dark green to purple at full maturity. All parts of the plant are aromatic when crushed.
- Sun to partial shade, best if sheltered from wind
- Hardy to USDA Zone 7 Endemic to California; it is found in the Coast Ranges and also the Cascade-Sierra Nevada foothills. Alhough not rare, it is not an abundant species.
- Torreya: named after John Torrey, 1796-1873, noted American botanist
- Oregon State Univ. Campus: south of the Native American Longhouse Eena Haws