Torreya taxifolia to Cincinnati (Loveland), OHIO

Robert Miller
(reports listed chronologically)


   VIDEO: Planting Florida Torreya Seeds in SW OHIO - assisted migration

This wild forest site on Bob Miller's property in Loveland Ohio (northeast of Cincinnati) is rich in diverse habitats, notably a deep ravine in glacial till down to the limestone bedrock. This is the first video in which current species range maps are overlaid on sections depicting native trees onsite. A total of 56 seeds were planted May 2015 (seeds from the 2014 harvests).

33 minutes - filmed May 20, 2015

November 2015 - Bob Miller receives 40 seeds from the new harvest, via Jack Johnston.

Spring 2016 - Bob Miller receives a pot containing 2 young seedlings, donated by Jim Thomson (Cullowhee NC). He plants both in the cool fall of 2016 under a deciduous wild canopy in his forest: "They were planted on a north-facing slope with limestone bedrock. In addition they are in an area of mostly young maple trees so that they are not in dense shade. (They have cages around them.)


LESSON: Trust your seedlings to recover from even severe apical herbivory!

   PHOTO LEFT: Mid-June 2016 the right-most seedling in the pot shows new-growth trending to become the new main stem, following previous herbivorous destruction of the main stem apical leader.

PHOTO RIGHT: October 30, 2016 shows the same seedling on the day it was planted out into wild forest. It is photographed from the same angle as photo left. See that the spring new growth has now matured into vertical apical growth. But notice that the nipped-off stem also produced new apical growth from directly beneath the nipped-off top. So now there are two apical stems.

Photo above left by Connie Barlow of 2 seedlings donated by Jim Thomson (Cullowhee, NC) to Bob Miller of Loveland, OH (who took the photo above right).

February 2017 - (email): "A couple of months or so ago I went out to check on our two torreyas and could find only one. After some searching I found the second, completely uprooted and lying on the ground. The metal cage I had put around had rolled down the hillside. Since one of the legs on the cage was noticeably bent, I concluded that a deer had knocked it over when it went to nibble on the torreya. However, the plant showed no signs of damage and was still dark green. So I replanted it and hoped for the best."

March 30, 2017 - (email) "My two seedlings continue to look healthy, including the one that was completely uprooted."

April 2017 - Bob Miller receives 60 seeds from Connie Barlow, which were donated by Frank Callahan from Frank's autumn 2016 harvest in Medford Oregon. The parent trees of that Oregon harvest are shown in a video produced by Connie Barlow, February of 2017. Bob planted the Medford seeds under the same deciduous forest canopy area as where he planted the 2 potted seedlings below, as the two seedlings "seem to like the location."

April 21, 2017 - photos by Bob Miller:

PHOTOS ABOVE: New growth on the 2 potted seedlings outplanted Fall of 2016
Photo right is of the seedling that was uprooted by a deer and subsequently replanted.

June 27, 2017 - photos by Bob Miller:

Photos above show the same seedling as April 21 photo left. Notice that in the second photo (upper left) there is a 3-inch diameter critter hole.

Above are 2 photos of Plant no. 2, which has put out less new growth — but that's not surprising because it is the one I found uprooted.


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