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Florida nutmeg tree

A seedling of the Torreya taxifolia, or the Florida nutmeg tree, at a private area in Tower Grove Park in December 2018.
Eli Chen | St. Louis Public Radio

An endangered species of a Florida cedar tree is growing in St. Louis, where arborists are helping it recover from decades of blight.

Arborists at the Missouri Botanical Garden, Tower Grove Park and the Bellefontaine Cemetery have planted and are studying the Torreya taxifolia, an evergreen tree commonly known as the Florida nutmeg.

The three locations received seedlings from the Atlanta Botanical Garden, which has spearheaded a project to save the species.